In our current civilization, we consider ourselves to be technologically superior to those who came before us. Recently, an ancient monolith that was found under the Mediterranean Sea points to a highly advanced era from a whopping 10,000 years ago.
Found near Sicily, the ancient monolith is most assuredly man-made, featuring three symmetrical holes. The first, which appears near the end of the ancient monolith, runs the entire width of the structure. The other two are on the sides of the monolith in a similar diameter. The entire structure is 3.2 feet long and weighs an impressive 15 tons.
According to Discovery, the ancient monolith, which has been likened to Stonehenge, was made of one single block of stone. The man-made holes are placed in such a way that points to a highly advanced technological and engineering understanding, said Emanuele Lodolo.
“This discovery reveals the technological innovation and development achieved by the Mesolithic inhabitants in the Sicilian Channel region. Such an effort undoubtedly reveals important technical skills and great engineering.
Most likely the structure was functional to the settlement. These people were used to fishing and trading with the neighboring islands. It could have been some sort of a lighthouse or an anchoring system, for example.”
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The findings are recorded in the Journal of Archaeological Science by scientists Emanuele Lodolo, from the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics in Trieste, Italy, and Zvi Ben-Avraham, from the Department of Earth Sciences at Tel Aviv University.
Found in an area that was a thriving community 10,000 years ago, the ancient civilization that built the monolith was erased from the earth around 9,500 years ago, when melting glaciers caused the sea to rise, swallowing much of the islands. The archaeologists wrote the following in the journal.
“There are no reasonable known natural processes that may produce these elements. The Sicilian Channel is one of the shallow shelves of the central Mediterranean region where the consequences of changing sea-level were most dramatic and intense.
The gradual increase of the sea level caused the flooding of most of the peninsula, with the exception of some morphological highs that, until at least the Early Holocene, formed an archipelago of several islands separated by stretches of extremely shallow sea.”
Now that the ancient monolith has been found underwater, scientists will focus more attention to these submerged areas in the hopes of uncovering more exciting discoveries.
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