The Best of 2015 // #96: Under The Sea

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Researchers studying the Sicilian Channel in the Mediterranean Sea made an astonishing discovery late last year.  The area, now underwater, had previously been exposed above water, as recently at 9000 years ago.  Researchers discovered a 40-foot monolith underwater broken in two with regularity spaced holes that could only be man-made.

Analysis of the monolith confirmed the rock had been hewn from a quarried rock formation over 1,000 feet from its current residence.

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Sicilian channel monolith

The bigger mystery was in the details : who carved the monolith and other nearby features, such as concentric circles, and what seems like  a 250 foot long breakwater?

“We have opened the door to the unknown”
– Emanuele Lodolo, Lead Researcher

Their findings were published in the september issue of Journal of Archaeological Science Reports.

Sicilian channel monolith
A composite photograph of divers exploring the monolith, split in half in its long-time resting place in the Sicilian channel.

The monolith features several uniformly spaced holes that appear man-made.

Scientists estimate the monolith weights about 15 tons and was cut from a single stone, more than 10,000 years ago.

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