A sensational discovery has been made in Italy as amateur archaeologists have found a site equivalent to Stonehenge in Italy while mapping World War II bunkers. The Ancient Sundial was discovered near the town of Gela and is believed to date back to around 6,000 BC.
The discovery was made by accident as a group of friends came across an ancient site, dating back thousands of years, considered as the Italian equivalent of Stonehenge in terms of importance.
The discovery was made at the town of Gela, a city and comune in the Autonomous Region of Sicily, the largest for area and population on the island’s southern coast.
The city was founded around 688 BC by colonists from Rhodes and Crete, 45 years after the founding of Syracuse.
The finding has already been confirmed by experts and is considered as a major discovery that will help experts understand prehistoric times like never before.
The Italian Stonehenge has already been dubbed as the ‘Sicilian Stonehenge.’
According to the Local, a group of friends who happen to be amateur archaeologists were carrying out surveys when they came across a discovery that they will remember for a long time.
Scientists have so far confirmed that the ‘Italian Stonehenge’ is a sundial which according to experts dates back between 6000 and 3000 BC. To confirm the discovery, scientists used a GPS drone, cameras, and compass in order to verify whether the sundial is still functioning, discovering that it cat sill ACCURATELY determine the seasons.
According to reports, experts who specialize in archeoastronomy has been studying the find for three months, completing the work on Tuesday, January 3rd.
Experts have linked the newly discovered site in Italy to Stonehenge, one of the most significant and mysterious historical sites located in England. This ancient complex, considered as one of the ancient t wonders of the world is believed to date back to around 3000 BC.
Giuseppe La Spina, from one of the groups that made the discovery, told The Local: “Making an archaeological discovery is in itself an important event, but to be part of one of the most sensational finds in recent years fills me with pride.”
Archaeologists have stated that the discovery opens up numerous possibilities and they believe further historically significant finds may be hidden at the site.
Featured image: Stonehenge meets the Sun. The newly found ancient site is already being hailed as the Italian equivalent to Stonehenge.