‘Prehistoric’ is the go-to label for the unknown moments in early human 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-kind-of-thing.
You know, a structure of spiritual significance based on astronomical and seasonal events. Basically, an ancient party place.
But the site also includes what seems to be a tomb.
Is Zorats Karer a ceremonial and burial site?
However, when one browses the Internet – suddenly the stone circle becomes a UFO site, well, at least in the eyes of “Ancient Alien” theorists.
Others dismiss this star symbolism and say it’s simply an ancient graveyard. Some say the ruins of a fortress village.
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 of Egypt.
Armenians have a few names for this site, including Army Stones or The Stones of the Powerful. (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.”
But others claim that these bore-holes are from more recent times.
Paris Herouni offers the most convincing theory for this “Armenian Stonehenge”
This Armenian scientist – of radio astronomy – says that Karahunj is “the world’s oldest observatory”.
And a research expedition by Oxford University’s Royal Geographical Society later supported “The Oldest Observatory” claim.
The stones are arranged in line to signal the summer solstice, and for other ritual reasons, as they “reflected the stars of Cygnus or the Swan-Vulture constellation, which in certain cultures it was believed to be the door to the sky world.”