A giant metal monolith has been found in Romania, just days after the mysterious on in Utah went missing.
Officials of the Utah Department of Public Safety found the huge metal monolith in a remote region of the Utah desert during a helicopter flyover of the region.
However, the monolith disappeared at some point over the weekend of November 28, with no trace of its exit.
The monolith, which stands at 13 ft tall, was found on the Batca Doamnei Hill in northern Romania, where the ruins of a fort built by the ancient Dacian people between 82 BC and AD 106 remains.
It’s also unknown who or what erected this latest monolith, but the Romanian officials said whoever did put it up should have sought permission from the country’s Ministry of Culture.
The appearance of the monolith in Utah sparked speculation it could have been placed there by aliens.
Just as mysteriously as it appeared, the Utah monolith vanished. The Utah Bureau of Land Management said in a statement: ‘We have received credible reports that the illegally installed structure, referred to as the “monolith”, has been removed from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands by an unknown party.’
Helicopter pilot Bret Hutchings, who was among the party that discovered it, described it as ‘about the strangest thing that I’ve come across out there in all my years of flying’.
In the book by Arthur C Clarke, later made into a film by Stanley Kubrick, a monolith first appears on Earth in Africa three million years ago and appears to confer intelligence upon a starving tribe of great apes to develop tools.
The monolith is used as a tool by an alien race to investigate worlds across the galaxy and to encourage the development of intelligent life.
News of the discovery in Utah quickly went viral online, with many noting the object’s similarity to the strange alien monoliths that trigger huge leaps in human progress in Kubrick’s classic sci-fi film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.’