A new stone structure has been discovered in Northern Israel in the close proximity of the Sea of Galilee. Experts say that stone structure could date back to Biblical times.
Israeli researchers believe that the stone structure could be a way to designate ancient property rights. If the dating is correct, the stone structures could be older than the Egyptian Pyramids or Stonehenge.
The newly discovered stone structures are huge and measures 492 feet long, 66 feet wide and 23 feet tall, according to International Business Times UK. It is located about eight miles from the Sea of Galilee. The pottery unearthed at the site is believed to be from a period in between 3050 B.C. and 2650 B.C.
Archeologists believed earlier that the monument could be the remnants of a city wall. This has been rejected by Ido Wachtel, a PhD student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem who said that it most probably would have been a prominent landmark and served to denote ownership and to affirm clout and rights over natural resources by a local rural or rural population
The shape of the structure is like a crescent and may have been associated with the Mesopotamian moon god, Sin. It could also mark the outer boundaries of the town of Bet Yerah which roughly translates into “House of the Moon” in Hebrew.
There are other rock structures which have been discovered in the close proximity of the crescent-shaped monument. In the Golan Heights, an area to the east of the Sea of Galilee is a structure called Rujum el-Hiri. It has four circles with a cairn at its center. The age of this structure is debatable but experts say that it may predate the crescent-shaped structure by several centuries.
Another gigantic monument, a giant cairn which weighed more than 60,000 tons was recently discovered beneath the waters of the Sea of Galilee. Its date is unknown, but again like the crescent-shaped structure, it is located close to Bet Yerah.