Officials have launched an investigation into the strange appearance of a metallic monolith — this time in Romania — that’s similar to onethat later vanished.
One Romanian outlet reported Monday that the latest, but that could not immediately be confirmed.
The Romanian monolith, which has been described as aof the Utah version, was found on Batca Doamnei Hill in the city of Piatra Neamţ in northeastern Romania on Nov. 26, according to a number of press reports supported by photos and videos.
The 13-foot structure was made of dark metal and covered in what looked like a series of scribbled circles. It appeared close to the ancient remains of the Petrodava Dacian Fortress, a battlement believed to have been destroyed by the Romans in the second century.
“We have,” Rocsana Josanu of the Neamt Culture and Heritage Department told Euro Weekly on Monday.
“It is on private property, but we still don’t know who the monolith’s owner is yet. It is in a protected area on an archaeological site,” she added. “Before installing something there, they needed permission from our institution, one that must then be approved by the Ministry of Culture.”
The Romanian and Utah structuresin Stanley Kubrick’s classic science-fiction movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” — raising some observers’ hopes that space aliens are visiting. Others believe they’re elaborate art exhibits.
Managers of a gallery for late artist and sci-fi enthusiastbelieve he may have placed the Utah structure. They tweeted an image of a similar exhibit by the artist for comparison.
Biologists spotted the Utah monolithwhile working for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. They had been counting bighorn sheep in the red rock area of southeastern Utah.
But internet sleuths using historical images with the help of Google Earth discovered that the monolith had appeared on the spot sometime between August 2015 and, CNET reported. The futuristic TV series “Westworld” was being filmed nearby at the time, CNET noted, which could be another clue as to its source.
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