A huge stone structure that is believed to be at least 5000 years old has been found by archaeologists in Israel.
The site, which is about 500 feet wide, is only about 15 kilometres away from the Sea of Galilee. It was originally believed to be part of a stone wall that surrounded a city, however the more archaeologists dug through it the more obvious it became that it was a monument. If that is the case that makes it far older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.
“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,” Wachtel wrote in a presentation for the International Congress on Archaeology of the Ancient Near East.
The monument which is similar to a crescent shaped moon is believed to have been devoted to the ancient Mesopotamian moon god which as part of an archaic religion. Archaeologists speculate that its purpose was to impose itself amid the people who lived in nearby settlements, such as Beth Yerah, a city which was only unearthed a few years ago only a few kilometres away from the site.
The English translation of “Beth Yerah” is house of the moon god. Many artefacts were uncovered in the city which have been dated from the Bronze Age, up to the earliest Persian period.