PUBLISHED: 10:27, Wed, Nov 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:30, Wed, Nov 25, 2020
The shiny metal monolith was discovered standing in a remote canyon in the Utah desert. The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced the find on Monday after Aero Bureau and wildlife resource officers counting bighorn sheep spotted the monolith and landed nearby to investigate.
The helicopter pilot Bret Hutchings was one of the first to examine the metal slab from up-close and estimated the monolith stands between 10ft and 12ft tall (approximately 3m).
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Mr Hutchings told local news station KSLTV: “I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big 2001: A Space Odyssey fan.”
The DPS said there was "no obvious indication" of who put it there, leaving the monolith’s origins a mystery for the moment.
However, conspiracy theorists were quick to suggest far more outlandish ideas about the object’s origin.
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A monolith spotted in Utah has caused some conspiracy theorists to claim it is connected to aliens (Image: Utah Department of Public Safety/PA Wire)
One DPS member climbed over another's shoulders to further survey the mysterious monolith (Image: Utah Department of Public Safety/PA Wire)
Self-styled extraterrestrial life expert Scott Waring announced the structure could be connected to alien visitors.
He wrote on his UFO Sightings blog: “I notice that at the base of the monolith, no dirt was disturbed or misplaced, piled or mounting about.
“The metal monolith was just sticking out of the desert floor and no explanation of how it happened or why it took place.
“This could be the first signs of an alien base under the ground or a sign that alien needed an antenna-like device to allow other aliens to homier on their