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The Yonaguni monument is a underwater formation that is located off the coast of Yonaguni, the southernmost of the Ryukyu Islands, in Japan. Man made or natural formation, that has been the debate for years in the field of archaeology.
Here are some interesting facts about the Yonaguni monument:
- It has been baptized as the greatest discovery of underwater archaeology ever.
- The Yonaguni monument was discovered in 1985 by Dive Tour operator Kihachiro Aratake.
- The majority of archaeologists and researchers that have studied the Yonaguni monument conclude that it is a man made complex, some researchers even believe that the Yonaguni monument are actually the remains of the lost Pacific civilization of Mu.
- Archaeologists believe that the Yonaguni monument is about 10,000 years old, at a time when Yonaguni was part of a land bridge that connected the site to Taiwan.
- The main feature discovered at the Yonaguni complex is the “Monument” is rectangular formation that approx. measures 150 by 40 m and is about 27 m tall.
- Researchers point out a rock formation that has been called “the face” or “Jacques eyes” which according to them resembles a giant head.
- Prof. Masaaki Kimura is one of the first archaeologists to study the Yonagini monument and has spent years studying the site.
- The semiregular terraces of the Monument have been compared to other examples of megalithic architecture like Sacsayhuamán in Peru and other ancient civilizations which according to many researchers, show incredible similarities in design and construction.
- Two round holes(about 2 feet wide) “placed”on the edge of the Triangle Pool feature and a straight row of smaller holes, according to researchers are evidence that supports the man-made theory.
- According to Professor Kimura, the Yonaguni complex contains drawings of animals, specifically a horselike sign that he believes resembles a character from the Kaida script.