In 1985, Kihachiro Aratake, a dive tour operator in Yonaguni, Japan was scouting for a new site to view hammerhead sharks.   He had dropped into the water on the southeast side of the small island, off a place called Arakawa Point, expecting to see the normal crevices, coral heads, and possibly an entrance to an underwater cave.   What lay before him, however, was something that no one had viewed in thousands of years…

“The rock faces appear to be dressed stone. If this is an artificial, man-made structure then it is reasonable to assume that it was built or carved not underwater but at a time when this area was above sea level. Indeed, this area has experienced major rises in sea levels during and since the Pleistocene (“Ice Age”) and based on well-established standard curves of sea-level rises in the region, as recently as 8,000 to 10,000 years ago the Yonaguni Monument may have been above local sea level. Thus we can suggest with some confidence that if the Yonaguni Monument is a man-made construction then it must be at least 8,000 years old. ”


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