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19 January 2015
Mysterious stone construction investigated in Israel

Israeli archeologists originally thought that a stone feature, located in Northern Israel and known as the Jethro Cairn, was part of an ancient city found near the Sea of Galilee. Israeli archeologist Ido Wachtel now says that the 5,000 year old wall is likely paying tribute to a Mesopotamian-era moon god.
     The structure forms a 150 metre long massive crescent, and may have taken almost a hundred years to build. It is located 29 kilometres from Bet Yareh, which means "house of the moon god".
     Wachtel, a student of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, writes: "The proposed interpretation for this 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."
     Not long ago a very unusual cairn of stones was found in the Sea of Galilee, and more recently a well and other features have been discovered underwater.

Edited from Green Prophet (19 January 2015)

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