Prehistoric is called prehistory for good reason. Because there’s so much uncertainty, preceding the uncertain millennia of our “known history” .


And the ancient stone circle at Zorats Karer in Armenia, is a good example of runaway prehistoric speculation.

Like most people, I assume it to be a Stonehenge-thing. You know, a structure of spiritual and ritual significance based on ancient astronomical and seasonal events. Basically, an ancient party place.


The stone circle sits on a rocky plain, overlooking this ravine (with frozen stream), surrounded by mountains. There are 222 standing stones, the tallest is 2.8 meters, weighing up to 10 tons.

However, when one browses the web for more info. The murk surges and suddenly the place is a UFO site if you believe ancient astronaut theorists. While others dismiss any notion of star symbolism and say it’s just an ancient graveyard. Others simply, ruins of a fortress village.


Whatever the possibilities, it seems the stone circle of Zorats Karer could be 7500 years old. Meaning well beyond most man-made structures on earth, including Stonehenge and the pyramids.

Armenians have a few names for it including Army Stones (Zorats Karer). Another name is Karahunj: “… Interpreted as deriving from two Armenian words: Kar, meaning stone and hoonch, meaning sound. This interpretation is related to the fact that the stones make whistling sounds on a windy day, presumably because of multiple reach-through holes bored under different angles into the stones in prehistoric times.” (Wikipedia)

But others claim that these bore-holes are from more recent times.


Village away in the distance.

Anyway, I made my way to the stone circle on a bleak winter’s afternoon.

Sheltering from the freezing wind, I sat behind some standing stones with a bottle of red wine. Alone. Contemplating life. The stones. The mystery.


Not much of a sunset on this winter’s day at Zorats Karer in Armenia.

I have no answers …

Travels in Armenia – 2010

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