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Human-Engineered Monolith Stood at Least 9,000 Years Ago

The prevailing conventional wisdom, that civilization dawned on Earth only about 4,000 years ago, has taken another catastrophic hit. The discovery of a human-engineered, 40-foot stone monolith beneath 130 feet of ocean clearly shows the advanced capabilities of so-called hunter-gatherers at least 9,000 years ago. The discovery reported in the September 2015 Journal of Archaeological Science was made between Sicily and Tunisia in 2012 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352409X15300535). According to authors Emanuele Lodolo and Zvi Ben-Avraham, divers revisited the site in 2013 and 2014 and have taken extensive measurements and video.

What we now know is: the regularly shaped monolith, which once stood erect on dry land, has been broken into two pieces. It has been drilled with three holes of regular diameter, one of which completely transects the stone. These features alone clearly establish that it is a man-made object, but there’s more. The monolith is made of stone distinct from all neighboring outcrops and is isolated from them. In fact, the stone, weighing approximately 15 tons, appears to have been cut and extracted from a single rock, brought to the spot from at least a fifth of a mile to the south, and erected. The age estimate of 9,000 years is based on the so-called Last Glacial Maximum when the area is believed to have last been above water, but at least one sample taken from the monolith indicates that its manufacture could date as far back as 40,000 years.

The theory of “technological primitivism often attributed to hunter-gatherer coastal settlers” must be abandoned, concede the scientists. That is something with which alternative researchers, like those found in this publication, would readily agree.

 

First Century Graffiti Baffles Experts

A mysterious message from the time of Jesus has turned up in Jerusalem. According to the Israeli Antiquities Authority, in an underground cave, in the ruins of a Jewish ritual bath, archaeologists have found what seems at first glance to be ancient graffiti. Words in Aramaic script along with drawings of what appear to be a boat, palm trees, various plants, and a Jewish candelabra or menorah, have been scrawled in mud and soot.

Scholars are intrigued by what they say is a rare concentration of inscriptions and symbols and have tried, without success, so far, to translate them. It was not the custom of the time to depict graphically sacred objects, which could be found in the temple. The appearance of such a message in a ritual bath makes it all the stranger.

An artifact of the turbulent second temple era, the inscription has been removed to a laboratory where it can be stabilized, protected, and studied.

 

Mystery of Lost Colony Solved?

The fate of Roanoke Colony (better known as the ‘Lost Colony’) of North Carolina has been one of America’s enduring mysteries. Founded by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1587 on behalf of Queen Elizabeth I, the ill-fated original English settlement was the birthplace of Virginia Dare, the first English person born in America. For over four centuries there has been no trace of the colonists, until now.

Since 1590, when governor John White returned with the desperately needed supplies he had brought from England and found the site deserted, historians have wondered just what happened to the 115 settlers who had been left behind three years before by White. Now two different groups of archaeologists say that clues found on Hatteras Island, 50 miles southeast, and on the mainland to the north indicate that at least some of the colonists went native and joined the nearby Croatan Indians, while still keeping some of their English goods. Objects newly found include a sword hilt, broken English bowls, and the fragment of a slate writing tablet still inscribed with a letter.

Not everyone is accepting the new findings, however. Contrarians point out the difficulty of determining accurate dates and sources for the artifacts, and so, the argument continues.