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An Israeli researcher discovered a 5,000-year-old Moon shaped monument, if the dating is correct, the crescent-shaped structure would be older than the Egyptian pyramids and parts of Stonehenge.

Archaeologists have long recognized about the huge 150 meter-long landmark closest to the Israeli city of Safed (Tsfat), they were confused by its purpose, and formerly thought the construction was an important part of a city wall, however the Wachtel shows in his investigation report that there was no city nearby it and that the structure is a standing monument.

According to information published by the science news website LiveScience, the crescent-shaped monument is designed to represent the moon’s shape, the composition’s volume is about 14,000 cubic meters (almost 500,000 cubic feet) and its length is 150 meters (492 feet), longer than an American football field.

According to the statement that the proposed explanation for the site is that it constituted an important landmark in its natural landscape, helping to mark the town borders and to declare the rights over natural resources by a local state or pastoral population and discovered pottery found in the structure shows the monument is very historic than the Egyptian pyramid.

An archeologist Wachtel also discovered that an ancient town called Bet Yerah (which translates to “house of the moon god”) is located a day’s walk from the lunar-crescent-shaped monument. Bet Yerah was a huge town with a grid plan and defense system, and its native citizens dealt with the early kings of Egypt, as seen from numerous artifacts, including a jug with a symbolic inscription.

The lead archeologist Wachtel said in an email that the judgment of working days invested in the construction of the site is between 35,000 days in the lower estimation is about 50,000 in the higher, if the lower estimation is right, it means a team of 200 ancient workers would have needed more than five months to build the monument.

He also said that a task that would be complicated for people who depended on the crops for their livelihood because we need to remember the fact that ancient people were required most of the year to agriculture.



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