The Galilee in Israel has much history, dating quite far back in time of ancient Palestine. It is the place where the Sea of Galilee is located where Jesus of Galilee originated from, despite commonly referred to as Jesus of Nazareth, and gathered his Fishers of Men as his disciples to spread his holy message and word of salvation. It was Jesus’ home for 30 years of his life. While called a “Sea” it is actually a freshwater lake that provides much of the fresh water for the state of Israel. A few years ago there wa concern that the Sea of Galilee was receding; however more recently the sea has risen above standard depths. Videos at end of this article show the fear of the Sea of Galilee of becoming a dry lake. Following that, a video taken a few months ago shows a different story.
According to the Hebrew Bible, Galilee was named by the Israelites, previously referred to as Nafthali and occupied by various tribes before establishment of Israel. When the Roman Empire occupied the region it was divided into Judea, Samaria, and Galilee.
A recent archaeological discovery has puzzled archaeologists beneath the waters of the Sea of Galilee. It is a cone-shaped structure, clearly made by humans out of unhewn basalt cobbles and boulders that is 32 feet [10 meters] high and a diameter of 230 feet [70 meters]. Stonehenge is half the size.
It is believed to be a giant cairn built with rocks piled on top of each other more than 4,000 years ago and later covered by the waters of the Sea of Galilee. The structure was first discovered in the summer of 2003 during a sonar survey of the southwest side of the sea.
Divers have investigated since then and wrote in the latest issue of International Journal of Nautical Archaeology:
Close inspection by scuba diving revealed that the structure is made of basalt boulders up to 1 m (3.2 feet) long with no apparent construction pattern,” the researchers write in their journal article. “The boulders have natural faces with no signs of cutting or chiseling. Similarly, we did not find any sign of arrangement or walls that delineate this structure.
[See aerial/sonar photos]
The structure is close to the ancient city of Tiberias. The structure weighs as much as the retired US Navy New Jersey warship at 60,000 tons. It rises higher than the tallest stone of Stonehenge. Radar images show that the western face is somewhat steeper than the eastern part.
Why it was built is not exactly known, it could just be a monument or an ancient burial structure predating the famous pyramids.
The following video is a documentary about receding waters of the Sea of Galilee:
The next video, taken by a tourist a few months ago shows a different picture; demonstrating that scientists do not accept natural cycles of drought and brief climate change is not the product of human activity –