5,000-year-old structure found near Sea of Galilee

The crescent-shaped 150 meter long structure has been dated to the period between 3050 and 2650 BCE.

5,000-year-old structure found near Sea of Galilee

World Bulletin / News Desk

Israeli archaeologist Ido Wachtel has discovered a stone structure monument that is believed to be as much as 5,000 year-old 12 kilometers northwest of the Sea of Galilee.

The crescent-shaped 150 meter long structure, which is even larger than a football field, is known locally as Rujum en-Nabi Shua'ayb and has been dated to the period between 3050 and 2650 BCE, Fox News reported.

Even older than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, Hebrew University doctoral student Wachtel pointed out that the monument was not, as previously thought, part of a network of ancient walls, but rather a place of symbolic significance.

Wachtel claimed that the crescent shape of the structure may have been used to symbolize the ancient Mesopotamian moon god Sin, as it was near an ancient town called Bet Yerah, meaning "house of the moon god" in Hebrew, according to 1,500 years old rabbinical texts.

Last Mod: 17 Eylül 2014, 16:30
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