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Hiker Discovers ‘Alien’ Monolith in Wales

Hiker in Wales discovers a monolith, which conspiracy theorists think may have come from aliens. Image: A similar monolith found a few years ago in Utah. credit: wikimedia commons / Patrickamackie2 cc by 4.0

A hiker has discovered a mysterious, 10-foot-tall silver monolith in Powys, Wales, which is the latest in a spate of monolith discoveries since 2020, prompting conspiracy theorists to make claims about aliens.

The Toblerone-shaped steel monolith was discovered on a Welsh hill on Hay Bluff, near the town of Powys at the weekend, by Craig Muir, who was hiking to the summit. He believed he was having an encounter of the third kind, which, while unprovable, doesn’t make the object any less mysterious.

“When I first saw it, I was a bit taken aback as it looked like some sort of a UFO,” Muir, a builder who lives in Hay-on-Wye told The Guardian. “It seemed like a very fine metallic [material], almost like a surgical steel. The steel structure was almost 10ft long and looked perfectly levelled and steady, despite the weather being windy.”

Several monoliths appeared around the globe in 2020 – in the Isle of Wight, Romania and the Utah desert – and conspiracy theorists have speculated that aliens and UFOs may be behind the structures, including this one in Wales.

As there is no way of driving to the top of Hay Bluff hill, Muir said it could have been taken up by a group of people or lowered by a helicopter.

“It didn’t seem like it was chucked in there, instead it has been accurately put in the ground,” he told PA Media. “However, there were no obvious tracks around it and one would think that there would be a lot of mess around it, but there wasn’t.”

Richard Haynes, who took photographs of the latest sighting while running on Hay Bluff, told WalesOnline: “I went off towards Hay Bluff towards where the trig point is and I looked over to my right. I thought it looked a bit bizarre and might be a scientific media research thing collecting rainwater.

“But then realized it was way too tall and strange for that. Then I went up to it and it was about 10-foot-tall at least and triangular, definitely stainless steel. It was hollow and I imagine pretty light. Light enough for two people to carry it up and plant it in the ground.”

Monoliths Discovered Prior to the one in Wales

As yet, nobody has come forward to claim responsibility for the Welsh monolith, which bears some resemblance to the one that features in Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

This latest monolith is akin to the one found on Compton Beach on the Isle of Wight four years ago, which was also described as being around 10ft tall. The first one of these structures reported in Utah was originally spotted by state wildlife officials who were counting bighorn sheep from a helicopter. The 10-12ft monolith was found in the ground, nestled into a red rock cove, and was later removed by the Utah Bureau of Land Management.

An anonymous collective called The Most Famous Artist took credit for the structures in the US in 2020.

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