The sea of Galilee. Although not a real sea, it has remains named as such due to the staunch traditions, mainly religious, which have grown and flourished from around its shores.
The first-century historian Flavius Josephus, for example, was so impressed by the areas surrounding the sea of Galilee, he once wrote, quote, “One may call this place the ambition of Nature.” Reporting a thriving fishing industry around the lake, with well over 200 boats regularly working the waters. Archaeologists have since discovered only one such fishing vessel, found in 1986, it has been nicknamed “the Jesus Boat.” According to the Christian religion, much of the ministry of Jesus Christ himself actually occurred upon the shores of the sea of Galilee. And a recent discovery within the waters themselves has continued to perplex specialists within the area, astounding all who have been exploring said discovery.
The mysterious structure is cone shaped, made of “unhewn basalt cobbles and boulders,” and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons according to researchers. An astonishing size, making it much heavier than any of our modern-day warships. Rising nearly 32 feet out of the ancient seas sediment, it also has a diameter of about 230 feet. Stonehenge for example, which is an impressive ancient structure in its own right, has an outer stone circle diameter of only half that. First discovered in 2003 using sonar exploration of the southwest portion of the sea. Divers have since been down to investigate the presumably ancient structure, writing regarding there finds within the latest issue of the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology. Researcher Yitzhak Paz, Antiquities Authority and Ben-Gurion University, believes it could date back more than 4,000 years. Quote, “The more logical possibility is that it belongs to the third millennium B.C., because there are other megalithic phenomena [from that time] that are found close by,” Paz told LiveScience.com, in an interview, noting that those sites are associated with fortified settlements.
Could it be that this is where the peoples of Bet Yerah buried and honoured their dead? Is this a proverbial city of the dead? Or something else entirely… As more research is undertaken, it is only a matter of time before we understand this amazing structure for what it truly once was.
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