Archaeologist Claims Israeli Monument May Predate Stonehenge

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 - 1:24PM
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 - 1:24PM

Years ago, Israeli archaeologists unearthed a huge, crescent-shaped stone monument, dubbed Jethro Cairn, that is 492 feet long. Now, one scientist is claiming that it was built between 3050 and 2650 B.C., which means it is older than the Egyptian pyramids and may be older than the prehistoric Stonehenge. 


When it was first found, some believed that the oddly shaped monument may have been a partially destroyed wall, but archaeologist Ido Wachtel, a doctoral student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, claims that the shape was deliberate and meaningful. In his report, he claims that there is no reason to believe that it was a fortification of a city, because there is no evidence of a nearby settlement. He writes, "The proposed interpretation for the site is that it constituted a prominent landmark in its natural landscape, serving to mark possession and to assert authority and rights over natural resources by a local rural or pastoral population." Over two seasons of excavation, they were able to estimate the structure's age based on the dating of unearthed pottery fragments. 


The structure is also thought to have required significant manpower investment: "The estimation of working days invested in the construction [of] the site is between 35,000 days in the lower estimate [and] 50,000 in the higher," Wachtel said. This would mean that 200 workers would have spent at least five months building the monument. 


Via io9

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