A mysterious metal monolith identical to one that recently disappeared from a desert in the United States has been discovered in Europe.
The monolith was discovered on November 26 on Batca Doamnei Hill in the town of Piatra Neamt in northeast Romania’s Neamt County.
Authorities said the owner of the property was still unknown, but whoever erected the memorial should have obtained permission from the country’s Ministry of Culture.
The metal structure was found just a few meters from the city’s oldest historical monument – the famous Petacava Dacian fortress.
The fortress is believed to have been destroyed by the Romans in the 2nd century AD, but parts of the city walls can still be seen today.
The glossy triangular structure is about four meters high and one side faces Mount Ceahlau, locally known as Holy Mountain.
It is one of the most famous mountains in Romania and is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the country.
The unusual metal monolith resembles the one that recently reportedly disappeared in a desert in the US state of Utah.
The metal lobe was embedded in the red earth.
Helicopter pilot Bret Hutchings, who was part of the group that discovered it, described it as “the strangest thing I’ve come across in all my years of flying out there”.
He told local news channel KSL TV that his best guess was that it was published there by a “New Wave Artist” or fan of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Rocsana Josanu, representative of Neamt Culture and Heritage, said, “We have started to investigate the strange appearance of the monolith.
“It’s privately owned, but we still don’t know who owns the monolith.
“It’s in a protected area at an archaeological site.”
She added: “Before they could install anything there, they needed permission from our institution, which then has to be approved by the Ministry of Culture.”
The investigation continues.