Crescent-Shaped Stone Monument Found In Israel Is Older Than Egyptian Pyramids

September 16, 2014 8:15 PM

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Crescent-Shaped Stone Monument Found In Israel Is Older Than Egyptian Pyramids

A crescent-shaped monument recently unearthed near the Sea of Galilee in Israel predates biblical landmarks by a few thousand years, archaeologists say. The massive stone structure, which they originally thought was part of an ancient city wall, was built between 3050 B.C. and 2650 B.C. and measures about 492 feet, or 150 meters, long, according to researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The monument was found near the ancient town of Bet Yerah, an Early Bronze Age fortified city whose name means “house of the moon god” in Hebrew. Archaeologists believe the monument served “to mark possession and to assert authority and rights over natural resources” by the people who lived there, I...

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