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Massive submerged structure stumps Israeli archaeologists
http://www.foxnews.com ^ | 05-23-2013 | Staff

Posted on 05/23/2013 11:36:43 AM PDT by Red Badger

The massive circular structure appears to be an archaeologist's dream: a recently discovered antiquity that could reveal secrets of ancient life in the Middle East and is just waiting to be excavated.

It's thousands of years old -- a conical, manmade behemoth weighing hundreds of tons, practically begging to be explored.

The problem is -- it's at the bottom of the biblical Sea of Galilee. For now, at least, Israeli researchers are left stranded on dry land, wondering what finds lurk below.

The monumental structure, made of boulders and stones with a diameter of 230 feet, emerged from a routine sonar scan in 2003. Now archaeologists are trying to raise money to allow them access to the submerged stones.

"It's very enigmatic, it's very interesting, but the bottom line is we don't know when it's from, we don't know what it's connected to, we don't know its function," said Dani Nadel, an archaeologist at the University of Haifa who is one of several researchers studying the discovery. "We only know it is there, it is huge and it is unusual."

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Israel
KEYWORDS: archaeology; ggg; seaofgalilee; sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 05/23/2013 11:36:43 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG ping!......


2 posted on 05/23/2013 11:37:07 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

Been known for at least ten years. Had a run of publicity six weeks ago. Wonder why story is resurfacing again now?


3 posted on 05/23/2013 11:41:35 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto

Need grant money........


4 posted on 05/23/2013 11:44:23 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

Remains of the Tower of Babel.

Are the rocks and bricks held together with bitumen?


5 posted on 05/23/2013 11:45:16 AM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: 353FMG

Some of the rocks weigh 60 tons. It’s held together by gravity.......


6 posted on 05/23/2013 11:46:11 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

Stargate?


7 posted on 05/23/2013 11:49:45 AM PDT by moovova
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To: 353FMG

Interesting...? That would be awesome!


8 posted on 05/23/2013 11:49:55 AM PDT by Mathews (Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV), Luke 22:36 (NIV))
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To: Red Badger

Paging Stephen King.........paging Stephen King.


9 posted on 05/23/2013 11:52:35 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: Red Badger

Minerette.


10 posted on 05/23/2013 11:52:44 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Red Badger

It’s where Anthony hid his Weiner....


11 posted on 05/23/2013 11:54:47 AM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Red Badger
My thought also.

I think these guys like to hassle each other with different opinions....and they ALL get a piece of the grant pie.

12 posted on 05/23/2013 11:55:17 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: 353FMG

“..Remains of Tower of Babel...”

That was my immediate conclusion as well, without even reading the articel.


13 posted on 05/23/2013 11:58:13 AM PDT by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: stonehouse01

sorry - article (not articel)


14 posted on 05/23/2013 11:58:45 AM PDT by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: Red Badger

It’s a big pile of stone, likely just the spot where ancient ships dropped their ballast before entering port.


15 posted on 05/23/2013 11:59:19 AM PDT by Teflonic
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To: Red Badger

Launch pad for interstellar vehicle.


16 posted on 05/23/2013 11:59:19 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Freebies, Home of the Enslaved)
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To: Red Badger

didn’t anyone here see the original “The Thing”


17 posted on 05/23/2013 11:59:35 AM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: Red Badger

maybe they’ve finally located the so-called “palie state” ?


18 posted on 05/23/2013 12:03:00 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: The Wizard

“didn’t anyone here see the original “The Thing””

Not I, but I remember my sister and I running around calling it ‘the thang’, lol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5xcVxkTZzM


19 posted on 05/23/2013 12:08:46 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

oh yes...great flick!


20 posted on 05/23/2013 12:18:09 PM PDT by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: Red Badger

As farmers removed the stones from their fields, they haled them to the lake and dumped them

over time the dump took on the appearance of a purpose built conical man made structure


21 posted on 05/23/2013 12:18:18 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....Obama Denies Role in Government)
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To: Red Badger

As farmers removed the stones from their fields, they haled them to the lake and dumped them

over time the dump took on the appearance of a purpose built conical man made structure


22 posted on 05/23/2013 12:19:07 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....Obama Denies Role in Government)
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To: Teflonic

It’s a lake.....


23 posted on 05/23/2013 12:25:08 PM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

24 posted on 05/23/2013 12:32:00 PM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: stonehouse01

And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day

then piled a bunch of rocks over the opening.
/sarc.


25 posted on 05/23/2013 12:46:04 PM PDT by sopwith (best post)
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To: Red Badger

Remnants of the Slate Construction Company gravel pit?


26 posted on 05/23/2013 12:48:16 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: 353FMG

I was thinking Sodom and Gomorrah - thought I read once that the dead sea was a result of their destruction....but not sure may have just been unsalty before or something...


27 posted on 05/23/2013 1:01:47 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: jjotto

They’ve know about this for a decade and the top is 3 feet under water. What’s keeping them from wading around the top? They don’t need a boatload of money to do that.


28 posted on 05/23/2013 1:13:44 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: bgill

They gotta be angling for American money.

This was mapped and photo’ed in 2003. Go a little deeper into the story and find the locals have always known about it and other similar (if smaller) underwater rock piles.


29 posted on 05/23/2013 1:18:42 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: bert

Why not set them on the side of the lake then, or make walls with the stone to delineate the property line?


30 posted on 05/23/2013 1:26:21 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: jjotto
This was mapped and photo’ed in 2003. Go a little deeper into the story and find the locals have always known about it and other similar (if smaller) underwater rock piles.

The depth is reported as 9 to 40 feet, but not a word about the "worm" thingie traversing the entire image...

????

31 posted on 05/23/2013 1:40:25 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: publius911

hehe

It’s a composite image. The distortion reveals the path of the equipment.

http://news.discovery.com/earth/rocks-fossils/ancient-structure-under-sea-of-galilee-130412.htm

...”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 in an interview, noting that those sites are associated with fortified settlements.

The researchers list several examples of megalithic structures found close to the Sea of Galilee that are more than 4,000 years-old. One example is the monumental site of Khirbet Beteiha, located some 19 miles (30 kilometers) north-east of the submerged stone structure, the researchers write. It “comprises three concentric stone circles, the largest of which is 56 m (184 feet) in diameter.”


32 posted on 05/23/2013 1:54:09 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Red Badger

Link to a .pdf of the original article:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1095-9270.12005/pdf


33 posted on 05/23/2013 1:58:51 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Sawdring

They didn’t want fences or blocking lake access with rocks


34 posted on 05/23/2013 2:38:43 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....Obama Denies Role in Government)
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To: bert

What about damage to their propellers?


35 posted on 05/23/2013 5:38:52 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Red Badger; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Note: this topic is from 5/23/2013. Thanks Red Badger.

36 posted on 09/10/2013 5:12:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“Frbble smmf geagle, Scully.”


37 posted on 09/10/2013 5:25:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: The Wizard

Scary movie. I went to the movie alone at age 11 and had to walk home at night.


38 posted on 09/10/2013 10:27:04 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: Red Badger; max americana

It’s Beaverzilla!!

BeaverZillaNado is coming!


39 posted on 09/10/2013 10:31:14 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Teflonic

That’s the Sea of Galilee, a not very large lake, not the Mediterranean.


40 posted on 09/14/2013 1:27:47 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khách sang La Vang hanh huong tham vieng Maria)
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