The oldest archaeological ruin in the world? The mystery of the underwater giant monolith

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  • Is it the oldest archaeological ruin in the world, or a fluke of nature…?
    There is an underwater rock formation that is the focus of a hot debate off the coast of Yonaguni island, a popular spot for diving. The monolith, found by a diver, just lies there majestically, silently and without words.
    Let’s contemplate together as we admire the beautiful underwater images.

    The monolith in question has a perimeter of over several hundred meters.
    With features like a gap that is just wide enough for a person to pass and marks that appear like they were made by humans, it was thought at the time of discovery that this was a ruin.
    If it is, estimated to be from over 10,000 years ago, this may be the oldest ruin in the world.
    This got the people of Okinawa very excited.

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    However, without any conclusive evidence that the formations were man-made, the debate continues whether this is a ruin or a natural formation.
    Either way, the site has gained popularity nationally as a tourist spot and has since thrived with divers visiting to get one look of the unique underwater formations.

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    There are many features within the Yonaguni formations that seem too peculiar to be of a natural origin.
    The heart-shaped ceiling of the underwater palace is very romantic. Even if the formations were a fluke of nature, we cannot help but admire the mysterious and wonderful power of nature.

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