Photographer's Note

There was a big interest in Bev' picture of the stone circle, so it inspired me to show these photos. As far as I know, Paul, Piotr and Gert were in Armenia but haven't visited Carahunge.

Carahunge (Zorats karer), this prehistoric monument is the “Armenian Stonehenge” though built much earlier. It is a huge ancient observatory the name of which is translated from Armenian as “sound of stones” ( "car" means "stone" and "hunge" means "sound"). Here seems you can hear how the stones wispier about the secrets of history. The remains of the complex, with smooth, angled holes on huge stones of 4 to 5 cm diameter, in Syunik Province of Armenia, are proof, that more than 7500 years ago exactly here, at the Carahunge observatory, were made observations of the sun, moon and stars at their rising, setting and culmination moments. Being almost 3000 years older than Stonehenge it is considered to be one of the oldest scientific centres of the world discovered till now.

It is located on a plateau that is 1770 meters above sea level. The complex occupies a territory of seven hectares- for comparison, it occupies as much territory as fourteen football fields together.

In this territory, one by one stand vertical monoliths that are grouped in the central cycle. Each stone weighs several tons and most probably those 220 stones had been brought to this place from the nearest gorge. Making holes on 84 of them by hammers and chisels and directing them to certain points/directions of the sky people (scientists) could follow the stars and the sky.

As you can see, there are still fascinating places that are without any tourists and infrastructure.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13020 W: 139 N: 33697] (153730)
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