A mysterious metal monolith identical to one that recently disappeared from a desert in the US has been discovered in Europe.
The monolith was spotted on the Batca Doamnei hill in the town of Piatra Neamt in Romania’s northeastern province of Neamt on Nov. 26.
Authorities said the owner of the property is still unknown, but whoever propped up the monument should have sought permission from the country’s Ministry of Culture.
The metal structure was found a few meters from the oldest historical monument in the city – the well-known Petrodava Dacian Fort.
The fortress is believed to have been destroyed by the Romans in the 2nd century AD, but parts of the city wall can still be seen.
The glossy triangular structure has a height of about four meters (13ft) and one sideways towards Mount Ceahlau, known locally as the Holy Mountain.
It is one of the most famous mountains in Romania and is listed as one of the country’s Seven Natural Wonders.
The unusual metal monolith resembles the one reportedly disappeared recently in a desert in the US state of Utah.
The metal obelisk was embedded in the red soil.
Helicopter pilot Bret Hutchings, who was one of the parties to discover it, described it as “about the strangest I’ve come across in all my flying years.”
He told local news channel KSL TV that his best guess was that it was put there by a “new wave artist” or a fan of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Neamt Culture and Heritage official Rocsana Josanu said, “We have begun to investigate the monolith’s strange appearance.
“It’s on private property, but we don’t know who owns the monolith yet.
“It’s in a protected area on an archaeological site.”
She added, “Before installing anything there, they needed permission from our institution, one that must then be approved by the Ministry of Culture.”
The investigation continues.