Put on your tin-foil hats and special anti-Illuminati underwear. A recently discovered mysterious ancient rock structure under the Sea of Galilee, possibly built in the same era as Stonehenge, has archaeologists stumped. To a certain slice of the population, any unexplained man-made rock pile is clearly evidence of an extraterrestrial visit.
Before we get too carried away, let's look at the actual data. The researchers, from Ben-Gurion University, Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa and Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, all in Israel, describe the cairn as a cone of unhewn basalt rocks, measuring approximately 70 meters in diameter and 10 meters tall. The site itself rests near a now-defunct ancient outlet of the Jordan River, an area that has had economic importance in the area since the Bronze Age. Due to various contextual details, the researchers suspect that the cairn was constructed sometime between the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE. Their findings were published in a recent issue of the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology.
The paper is relatively thin on details. To date, the only data the researchers have are their side-scan sonar images and new photographs from a dive team. No excavations have yet been undertaken, and thus the purpose, age and even how the thing was built are all currently up for debate. The researchers aren't even sure if the cairn was assembled on dry land, during a period of low water levels in the lake, or if it was purposefully build underwater. Nearby sites have yielded huts and hearths, indicating that at some point in the past, that whole area was above-water and inhabited. Other research points to earthquake-related subsidence of the land surrounding the Sea of Galilee, so it is quite possible that all of these archaeological sites in the area were built along the lakeshore, then submerged after an earthquake shifted the land.
These days, the cairn sits about 30 feet underwater, surrounded by schools of tilapia fish. Which brings us to the researcher's theory that this cairn is supposed to be an ancient fishery, a structure that attracts fish, making it easier to catch them and support a large settlement along the shore. Smaller fisheries have been found in the Sea of Galilee, so this theory isn't as far-fetched as one might think. But until the researchers excavate the cairn and determine if it was meant to be underwater, the purpose of the cairn remains pure conjecture.
I'm not saying it was aliens....
But it was aliens.
The Bible describes the Jews building rock piles as commemoration of various things. They were sort of makeshift alters.
Still, clearly aliens.
I suspect the local buried a mysterious flying saucer, what they fell was an evil god flying machine at the time.
I like to know, what is under that pile of rocks, hmmm?
A quarry site lost in time to the sea...
So, lets dig up the stones and see what we can find!
The biggest hindrance to understanding these ancient "mysteries" is an assumption that ancient man was less intelligent.
???? Aliens? This inference makes no sense. Why not say dragons?
As usual Bagpiper & Pparty make the most sense while AnyIcon dreams of other worlds.
Inundation science being what it is, most likely it's a dry land structure submerged by tectonic activity.
Or it could be God's flying machine which might explain the meme that God is dead and buried under Galilee.
Interesting comment about Jesus though: if the stones were just barely underwater in his day and he knew where they were, he could have picked his way along them (it could have been a secret Essene initiatory ritual) to people on the shore it would look as though he was walking on water.
What I find really funny is that people (who run this site) actually believe people made this. How do they know an intelligent cause did this? How can they tell an intelligent cause from a non-intelligent one?
And no, I'm not saying they themselves are not intelligent.
That is where Moses tossed down the ten commandments on those foolish fun loving Pagans.
Jesus walked on water and fed the multitudes on FISH after leaving with the bread. Something tells me that the fish ranchers had a hard time getting bread. They probably laughed like hell at the play Jesus got out of it.
This could be the beginning of a great science fiction movie! GEEPERS!
Actually, those ivory tower cityboys probably got it right toward the end of the article. It's a fish attractor. People have been building underwater piles of stuff for a long time, and the fish love it. "Build it and they will come". Remember, these fellows weren't fishing fot the fun of it. They were feeding thier families.
It was a reserve piles of stones for unhappy crowds of Palestinian youths to throw at Jews. Alternatively it could have been Davids stash of ammo in case there was more than one Goliath
DON'T DO IT!
They are most probably ballast stones that ancient cargo ships carried to keep them sitting lower in the water while sailing in deep waters; an incoming ship would dump their ballast just outside the entrance to shallower river and port entrances, where they unloaded & reloaded cargo.
Present-day cargo ships do the same thing today - except they use water pumped in & out of their ballast tanks. That's how the invasive Zebra Mussel got into American waters and are clogging everything from pumps and propellers to ship hulls and nuclear cooling plumbing.
Seriously, I don't understand why this hasn't been revealed already - I assumed that everyone knew about this; I guess the practice is more obscure than I thought.
"Condemnation without investigation is the highest form of ignorance"
Ballast stones was the first thing I thought of too. It could be that at the time there was a designated drop-your-ballast-here spot. Over time this created an underwater pile of rocks.
could it not just be a place where the culture of the area dropped stones, possibly with things attached that have since decomposed, into the location as offerings in the lake?
As good a theory as anything else in all this conjecture and has the luxury of fitting the information presented..
I think it's fairly obvious this is not a natural formation. The context alone suggests thus, nothing funny (or unintelligent) about that bagpipes. A huge pile of rocks on a lakebed of fine sediment? No geologist I know would easily come up with a natural explanation. I think it could be ballast stones dumped in one place in order to create a fish attracter. Though some sort of monument can't easily be ruled out.
Why would one drop ballast "near a now-defunct ancient outlet of the Jordan River"? It would make more sense that the locals were attempting to build a dam to regulate the level of the Sea. If it turns out that the dating is closer to the last stage of Stonehenge it might connect with the crossing of the Children of Israel (Joshua 3) when the Jordan River suddenly stopped running while the Israelites crossed into the Promised Land. The most significant aspect of God's miracles is always in the timing—both then and now.
I just found a comment on the BAR (Biblical Archaeology Review) that also suggests a dam: "I think this looks like a dam, that has been washed away similar to the one in Egypt from just about this same time period." And it appears to be much too early to have helped Joshua.