A massive, carved stone from an ancient civilization was found in the Mediterranean sea.
According to the Daily Mail, a limestone monolith, which is estimated to be at least ten thousand years old, has been discovered in the Mediterranean Sea. The massive slab of stone was discovered by Israeli and Italian archeologists who were studying the Sicilian Channel Islands, an archipelago in the Mediterranean.
Emanuele Lodolo, a scientist from the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics in Trieste, Italy, claims that “This discovery reveals the technological innovation and development achieved by the Mesolithic inhabitants in the Sicilian Channel region. Such an effort undoubtedly reveals important technical skills and great engineering. Most likely the structure was functional to the settlement.”
Lodolo also noted that the people of the region frequently traded with the adjacent islands, and he postulates that the monolith could have been similar to an anchoring system or a lighthouse.
According to archeologists, the people that lived in the Sicilian Channel islands came inland as a result of rising waters approximately 9,500 years ago. The discovery of the Mediterranean monolith further reveals that the islanders were more technologically advanced than previously assumed.
Lodolo and co-author Zvi Ben-Avraham, from the Department of Earth Sciences at Tel Aviv University, report that the monolith is made of a large, single block that would require an extraction, cutting, transportation and installation. A civilization that could accomplish these tasks shows significant technical skills and engineering.