One of the most interesting artifacts to have been recovered from the sea-floor off Yonaguni-jima is the animal-shaped carving that has become known as the ‘ox-rock’ or ‘cow stone’.
This anomalous stone relief representing a four-legged animal was recovered off Hikawa, Yonaguni, and is thought to be an ox or a cow.
Professor Kimura says it measures just over 2 feet long and weighs approx. 60 Kg. The lack of a cow’s udder suggest that it represents a bull.
When seen from the top view (A), and the side view (B), it can be clearly seen that it has been carved equally in all directions.
View (A) in particular clearly indicates that the outline was carved slant-wise towards the direction of the grain of the stone.
If this shape had been formed solely by ‘natural erosive forces’ the animal shape should be parallel to the direction of the grain.
Another interesting artifact was recovered about 220 yards eastward of Iseki Point at the place commonly called the ‘Colosseum’.
This rock was also found on the sea-floor, and when seen from the side it is a very definite ‘L-shape’.
At equal intervals along the edges of the stone there are a number of ‘strike-marks’, and a professional stone-worker consulted by Professor Kimura judged the stone to have been part of a stone structure that had been ‘worked on by man’ at some time in the distant past.
An area where more artifacts are expected to be discovered on future diving expeditions is the approach to the place which seasoned Yonaguni divers have named the ‘Stadium’.
The size of this large open area can be better appreciated in the image below by comparison with the size of the diver towards the top left, and gives an indication of the vastness of the area in which a variety of submarine ruins have been discovered by Professor Masaaki Kimura and his students during more that 100 diving sessions.
Due to strong ocean currents in the Yonaguni area generally, it is not always possible for divers to explore the seabed for more artifacts in any area locally, and this particular area has currents so strong the waether has to be very calm before many divers will risk diving here.
a diver exploring the floor of the Stadium
“Do undersea relics near Okinawa offer proof of a sophisticated civilization during the last ice age?
Archeologists have long believed that civilization as they define it — intelligent, tool-making, monument building, social humans — began about 5,000 years ago.
But submerged beneath the waves near the Japanese island of Yonaguni is evidence that may well overturn that long-held theory.
A small but persuasive number of scholars and scientists have long thought that “advanced” societies may have existed as long as 10,000 years ago.
Their theories, however well reasoned and defended, have been hamstrung by a lack of evidence.
But recent discoveries of man-made artifacts on the Pacific seafloor may well prove to be the smoking gun that will propel this alternative view of civilization to prominence”.
see the evidence with ‘unique underwater footage’
of the various Yonaguni structures in the
‘History Channel’ TV programme
“Japan’s Mysterious Pyramids”