Possible Ancient Burial Ground Discovered Beneath Sea of Galilee in Israel

The 60,000-ton stone structure is larger than a Boeing 747 and could date back over 4,000 years.

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A man walks by the shore of Israel's Sea of Galilee at sunset.

Archaeologists are studying evidence of a 60,000-ton stone structure at the bottom of the Sea of Galilee in Israel that could denote an ancient burial ground.

The giant cone-shaped configuration is formed by basalt cobbles and boulders up to four feet in diameter and its base lies roughly 40 feet  beneath the surface, reports CNN.

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Researcher Yitzhak Paz, of the Israel Antiquities Authority and Ben-Gurion University, told Live Science that the mound could date back more than 4,000 years. “The more logical possibility is that it belongs to the third millennium B.C., because there are other megalithic phenomena [from the same time] that are found close by,” he said.

Although researchers carrying out a sonar survey of the sea first discovered the 30-foot-tall ‘monument’ in 2003, divers have only now been down to investigate further. Their findings have just been published in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology.

“This is such a huge structure that it truly is something unusual,” Dani Nadel, an archeologist from the University of Haifa, told CNN. “It could have been a big ceremonial structure, or a ramp. There could have once been statues on top of people in certain rituals. I mean, I’m really going wild here. The truth is we don’t know how it was constructed, what its exact age is, how it was used, or how long ago it was used. We have several speculations, but we don’t know much except that it’s there and it’s huge.”

Other explanations include the possibility that it was created below the surface as a fish nursery, as similar smaller structures have already been discovered that were built for that purpose.But the main theory is that the 230-f00t-wide structure — larger than a Boeing 747 — was built on dry land and then became submerged as the water level rose. Underwater archaeological excavations are now being planned in order to find associated artifacts that might reveal more about its true function, according to the Daily Mail.

The Sea of Galilee is actually a freshwater lake — the largest in Israel and lowest on the planet — and measures roughly 64 square miles with a maximum depth of 141 feet. It plays a key role in the New Testament — Jesus would often teach by its shores — and remains a major destination for Christian pilgrims.

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4 comments
juiceyjul
juiceyjul

could satan be under lake of galilee, everything about the bible talks about the egg & the sperm, god was created from nothing just like a womans egg, a uterus looks like a red beast compared to a sperm & if you look at isreal its the shape of a uterus & it split in 2 just like the egg, moses lead his people out of eygpt to mount sinai whicj is the way the egg falls in a womans body, the head comes away from the sperm like it says the beast has a mark on his head, also a fetus looks like a cross when its 3 months & thats when it gets its toenails/ fingernails, doesnt it say jesus cast out the devil which i believe happened it the womb so when he cast satan out it ended up the placenta, naohs ark is the vessel which a baby is carried in,

NoahGauci
NoahGauci

i believe that jesus is behind this.  i hope i'm right

Kodebri
Kodebri

I think that this is an amazing find. I would like to believe that this is either a pre-deluge structure that existed before, or during the time of Noah in the Bible, or the actual base structure of the real Tower of Babel. A structure of this size could have been built by early mankind to either defend against dinosaur size creatures, or the nephilim of the Bible prior to the flood of Noah. This could also be the base structure of the Tower of Babel which would change alot of historical speculation. It could also be something that none of us have ever heard of, or believed possible before now. It is very exciting, and I cannot wait to hear more about it. This find could prove alot of things that we know either right, wrong, or something else way cool.

JackMadison
JackMadison

"jesus would teach by its shores" ?? lol... Right, and batman & robin have their secret lair underwater in the "cone" shaped structure.

I love how they call it 'cone' shaped when it is clearly a pyramidal shape. There are edges to it as reported in Archeology Magazine two years ago.

4000 years ago? lol..... Keep living in that delusional reality the mainstream and educational institutions are attempting to shove down our throats.

There is a whole world of history that is being purposely ignored because of how many structures, symbols and cities were brought into being. 

Are ancestors are not us.