Wooden Bronze Age 'infinity pool' may have been used for rituals

Discovered in 2004 in Italy, a wooden structure likely used as an "infinity pool" has been dated to be around 3,000 years old.

NOCETO, Italy - Researchers believe that a mysterious wooden structure built 3,000 years ago in Italy during the Bronze Age may have been used to perform water rituals.

Located on the top of a hill, the structure consists of a pit lined with oak planks and beams. It's 40 feet wide and 10 feet deep.

Layers of sediment showed that the structure had once contained water, although no channels to distribute water led away from it, and it seemed too elaborate to have been just a reservoir for irrigation, lead archaeologist Sturt Manning told LiveScience.

This led researchers to believe it served as an "infinity pool" - reflecting the sky during religious rituals and giving the impression of another realm.

The structure was discovered in 2004 but was only recently dated. A team of Cornell scientists used radiocarbon data and tree ring dating to determine it was built between 1436 B.C. and 1428 B.C.

See the full LiveScience article: https://www.livescience.com/bronze-age-infinity-pool-supernatural-ritua…;



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