The stone wall found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea may be the oldest major structure in Europe. Scientists estimate that the wall was built about ten thousand years ago by hunters and gatherers.
The researchers wrote in the American Scientific Journal that the wall was clearly man-made National Academy of Sciences. It is about one kilometer long and consists of three hundred large stones and fourteen hundred small stones stacked on top of each other.
The structure is located 21 meters underwater, a few kilometers from the German coast. According to scientists, that piece of land disappeared under water about 8,500 years ago due to sea level rise.
The wall was probably built to facilitate hunting. “Caught animals will bypass these types of obstacles rather than jump over them,” said lead researcher Jacob Gersen. “This way, hunters can transport their prey to a specific location and catch it there.”
According to researchers, if the wall is indeed ten thousand years old, it is the oldest massive structure found in Europe so far.
There are no specific dimensions that a building must meet in order to be viewed as a monumental building. This usually concerns large structures, such as walls or buildings. But it can apply to almost all man-made objects that are larger and more complex than, for example, tools, pottery, and (small) works of art.
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