Underwater prehistoric temple

1-We know that  around 5000 BC Lampedusa was colonised by people from Sicily bringing with them Stentinello ceramic ware,  (the new born Museo Archeologico delle isole Pelagie displays the ceramic of Stentinello facies from cala Pisana-Lampedusa).
2-We know that after the Late Glacial Maximum  the sea level was rising quickly due to the melting ice caps, between 6000BC and 5000 BC the sea around Lampedusa island was approximately 15 meters lower (see related article about the paleo-hydrography of Lampedusa)

Sea level change estimate

For the next 2 millenia after 5000 BC the sea level rise was quick (almost half centimeter per year) and it submerged large portions of Lampedusa costal areas forcing the early population to leave their settlements and move to higher grounds. Traces of Lampedusa prehistory can still be found under the sea: over the last few year we discussed on this blog about a submerged prehistoric necropolis and about some of the findings from that site, we also wrote about the competent authority (Soprintendenza del Mare) being still skeptic and thinking about sending a marine geologist to verify wheter the rock cut tombs of the submerged necropolis may or may not be the product of some kind of karst process. While waiting for the discovery of the submeged necropolis to be confirmed or debunked, I have found another very interesting submerged site below the sea of Lampedusa: a possible underwater prehistoric  place of worship.
Before showing the pictures of underwater stone structure which I believe is a prehistoric place of worship, I would like that the readers of this blog take a look at the neolithic site of Creevykeel in Ireland (a court carin) because it may help to imagine how the underwater site of Lampedusa may have looked like before being submerged and partially destroyed by the sea: 


Creevykeel -Ireland- Neolithic

Creevykeel -Ireland- Neolithic

Creevykeel -Ireland- Neolithic

Now, let's take a look at the submerged stone structures of Lampedusa:
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Underwater prehistoric temple - Lampedusa

Underwater prehistoric temple - Lampedusa

Underwater prehistoric temple - Lampedusa

Underwater prehistoric temple - Lampedusa

I have reported this discovery to the local competent authorities: "Soprintendenza del Mare della Regione Sicilia" and "Area Marina Protetta di Lampedusa". The  AMP will monitor that the site is not visited by casual divers while the Soprintendenza in theory should send asap an archeologist to look for traces of prehistoric  human activity on the bottom of the sea of this site and also a marine geologist to rule out the possibility that the site is the product of costal erosion. I think that the stone structures of this site are too geometrically aligned to be the random product of a natural erosion process...but I am not the judge of this, it must be the archaeologists to study and understand this site. Unfortunately there are not many "experts" of underwater prehistoric archaeology in Italy (for example no underwater prehistoirc site has been found to date in Sicily...) and there are not marine geologists who have seen an underwater megalitic site before....moreover the Italian competent authorities are underfunded and lack funds for underwater research....this will make it really difficult to properly  study this very interesting site. I have decided, with the Archivio Storico Lampedusa to publish an  article in italian and English  to inform the academic world about this discovery, this will hopefully prevent it from being forgotten as most of the archaeological sites of Lampedusa island.
It is important to remember a couple of things before concluding:
1-It is forbidden to dive and anchor in this site according to the AMP rule and regulations
2-Casual divers and visitor must refrain from touching any stone to protect the integrity of the site 
I will update this article and blog if further research is made on this underwater site: possibly the first underwater prehistoric temple found in the central Mediterranean sea.