The massive rock, located in Saudi Arabia, is split in half with extreme precision and has curious symbols depicted on its surface, furthermore, the two split stones have managed to remain perfectly balanced for centuries.
This incredible ancient stone structure attracts thousands of tourists every year, who come to Al-Naslaa to observe its perfection and balance and several theories try to explain its origin.
The megalith was discovered by Charles Huver in 1883 and, since then it has been the subject of debate among experts who divide opinions regarding its origin.
The rock is in perfect balance, supported by two bases and everything indicates that at some point it may have been worked with extremely precise tools.
Recent archaeological discoveries show that the region where the rock is located was inhabited since the Bronze Age, which dates back from 3000 BC to 1200 BC.
In 2010, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage announced the discovery of another rock, near Tayma, with a hieroglyphic inscription of Pharaoh Ramses III.
Based on this discovery, researchers hypothesized that Tayma could have been part of an important land route between the Red Sea coast and the Nile Valley.
Some mainstream researchers suggest natural explanations for the mysterious cut.
One of the most accepted is that the ground would have moved a little under one of the two supports and the rock would have broken. Another hypothesis is that it could be from a volcanic dike, or from some weaker mineral, which solidified.
Others believe it could be an ancient pressure crack that was pushed against another, or even, that it could be an ancient fault line, as fault movement often creates a zone of weakened rock that erodes relatively more easily than rock. surrounding.
But these are just a few among many theories, including the theory that ancient people could have advanced technologies that are unknown to us.
What is certain is that this extremely precise cut, dividing the two stones, has always raised more questions than answers.
According to reports, the earliest mention of the oasis city appears as “Tiamat” in Assyrian inscriptions dating back to the 8th century BC, when the oasis transformed into a prosperous city, rich in water wells and beautiful buildings.
Archaeologists also discovered cuneiform inscriptions, possibly dating back to the 6th century BC in the oasis city, interestingly at this time, the Babylonian king Nabonidus, retreated to Tayma for worship and search for prophecies, entrusting the reign of Babylon to his son, Belshazzar.
The region is also rich in history, being mentioned several times in the Old Testament, under the biblical name of Tema, one of the sons of Ishmael.