The Unexplained: What lies beneath the Sea of Galilee?

It is not a random pile of stones, but a purposefully built structure of volcanic basalt stones probably brought from over a mile away.

Something is down there beneath the Sea of Galilee – something that was built by human beings when that section was dry land.

It has archaeologists puzzled.

They have been eager to study it but do not have the funds for the type of project they would prefer at this time.

It is a huge cone-shaped structure of stones that is similar to ancient burial sites of Europe.

They are uncertain exactly when it was built.  Some researchers put it at 4,000 years old.

Archaeologist, Dr. Yitzhak Paz thinks the structure could be 6,000 years old, which puts it in the early Bronze Age, 3,000-2,200 BCE.

The structure was discovered by accident when a team of researchers were trying to analyze alluvium pebbles to determine their origin, in the summer of 2003.

Sara Marie Hogg

During a sonar survey of the sea, they discovered the huge, conical mound – bigger than a battleship.

It is not a random pile of stones, but a purposefully built structure of volcanic basalt stones.  They were probably brought in from over a mile away.

The cone of cobbles would weigh over 60,000 tons.  It is 32 feet tall with a diameter of 250 feet.

The cone is thirty feet below the surface in an area south of Tiberias.  It is 500 meters off the sea coast.  There are many important archaeological sites in the same area, some prehistoric.

Tiberias is an ancient city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee.  It was founded 2,000 years ago and was a major Jewish center during late antiquity.

Named for the Roman emperor, it lost much of its ancient glamour due to earthquake damage.

The Sea of Galilee, also known as Lake Tiberias, is a freshwater lake fed by springs and the River Jordan.  It is the lowest freshwater lake on earth and has fluctuating water levels and shorelines.

The western surface of the conical structure is at a steeper incline than the opposite side.  Some of the boulders are a meter long.

My mind can’t help but wander.  The distance between Tiberias and Giza is 319 miles.  The pyramids of Giza were built between 2,550 and 2,490 B.C.

Was the conical structure some kind of wild attempt at imitation?

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