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Underwater 'Stonehenge' found off Sicily coast

Posted on Friday, 7 August, 2015 | Comment icon 10 comments

The discovery was made off the coast of Sicily. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 ipswichtours
Archaeologists have discovered a mysterious stone monolith at the bottom of the Mediterranean.
Found at a depth of 131ft in an area that was once an island in the Sicilian Channel, the unknown stone structure is broken in to two parts and is thought to date back at least 10,000 years.

It was built by the people who once inhabited the region before floods radically altered the entire Mediterranean Basin around 9,500 years ago following the Last Glacial Maximum.

"This discovery reveals the technological innovation and development achieved by the Mesolithic inhabitants in the Sicilian Channel region," said archaeologist Emanuele Lodolo.

"Such an effort undoubtedly reveals important technical skills and great engineering."

It isn't clear exactly why the monolith was built or whether it belonged to a larger structure however researchers believe that it may have had a practical, rather than spiritual significance.

"It could have been some sort of a lighthouse or an anchoring system, for example," said Lodolo.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (10)

Tags: Sicily, Stone, Monolith

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by jarjarbinks on 7 August, 2015, 18:18
WOw this is possibly the greatest news of the year so far in term of Archeology
Comment icon #2 Posted by Eldorado on 7 August, 2015, 19:14
A monolith does not = a henge.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Nnicolette on 7 August, 2015, 19:35
Sounds like a huge discovery! Yet it looks like a tunnel and a big rock... can someone enlighten me on how this is like Stonehenge?
Comment icon #4 Posted by ShadowSot on 7 August, 2015, 20:14
Buzzword headline.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Infernal Gnu on 8 August, 2015, 1:24
(yawn). Let me know if it starts levitating out of the water or something and my interest will perk up...right now its at .25 on a scale of 1-10, 10 being greatest interest.
Comment icon #6 Posted by DieChecker on 8 August, 2015, 2:17
Sounds like three long stones with holes in them to me. The article suggests they may have been anchoring points for boars, or served some other mundane purpose.
Comment icon #7 Posted by questionmark on 8 August, 2015, 9:21
We know that many coasts changed their outline over the last 5 thousand years so the find, in its day, could have been on land.... The article is more owed to the fact that it is summertime and news a rare than to an actual "huge" find.
Comment icon #8 Posted by pixiii on 8 August, 2015, 14:35
Sounds like a huge discovery! Yet it looks like a tunnel and a big rock... can someone enlighten me on how this is like Stonehenge? I was wondering that too Nnicolette. Unless it's a monolith of sorts that has collapsed and has a resemblance to Stonehenge's individual pieces. Amazing it was discovered though! Great news as someone mentioned earlier for the world of archaeology indeed.
Comment icon #9 Posted by G.L. on 8 August, 2015, 18:07
After ice age water level of the planet whose much lower so it could be possible . 10 000 is a long time ago , but oldest city is at least couple thousand years older so only question why do that kind of structure , humans from early times some how knew energy lines and build there temples , make visible lines , or in case of wrong energy avoid it .
Comment icon #10 Posted by Anomalocaris on 10 August, 2015, 19:45
About why the monolith is underwater: Back then, the Sicilian Channel would have featured an archipelago of several islands separated by stretches of extremely shallow sea. Living on these islands were Mesolithic humans who were forced away from the region some 9,350 years ago—give-or-take 200 years—when water levels began to rise in the wake of the Last Glacial Maximum. About the monolith: . the monolith has a rather regular shape; . the monolith has three regular holes of similar diameter: one that crosses it completely on its top, and another two at two sides of the monolith; there are no r... [More]

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