Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a table-like structure, dating back about 4,000 years in the Galilee Hills, Israel.
A huge Bronze Age dolmen is inscribed with unique mysterious art and according to Uri Berger, an archaeologist with the Antiquities Authority, “this is the first art ever documented in a dolmen in the Middle East.”
“The three-dimensional scan enabled us to identify engravings that otherwise could not be seen with the naked eye,” said Prof. Lior Grossman, the laboratory director.
“The chamber inside the dolmen, where the engravings were found on its ceiling, is large, measuring two by three meters, and the stone covering it is also huge, weighing an estimated 50 tons at least.
“This is one of the largest stones ever used in the construction of dolmens in the Middle East.”
Archaeologists say that the dolmen is one of more than 400 huge stone structures, located in the dolmen field around Kibbutz Shamir and date to more than 4,000 years ago.
The engraved shapes depict a straight line going to the center of an arc. About 15 such engravings have been documented on the ceiling of the dolmen, spread out in a kind of arc along the ceiling.
For now, the meaning of the shapes remains a mystery because no parallels exist for these shapes in the engraved rock drawings of the Middle East.