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The Mysteries Of Armenia's Stonehenge
The Armenian Stonehenge
Published: 10:14 AM - 08-22-11

They sit like soldiers on a hill, huddled in formation. The 204 stones near Sissian have been ascribed with mystical, fertility and cosmic powers, but rarely have ancient monuments caused such a sensation in astronomical circles.

These simple stones stretched out along the crest of a hill overlooking the Sissian River challenge the very dating of early astronomy and the answer to the question, "Who were the first astronomers?"

If proven true, a current controversial dating of the stones at Karahundj predate England's Stonehenge, they predate the Babylonian's claim to being the first astronomers, and they confirm what some people already suspect: that Armenia is the birthplace of the zodiac, and perhaps the beginning of navigation and the concept of time.

Pretty amazing claim for a group of rough-cut stones that have been almost ignored for centuries. Not so to Elma Parsamian and Paris Herouni, both who have taken a keen interest in the complex about 5 kilometers from Sissian.

Parsamian, an astral-physicist at the Byurakan Observatory and Internationally renowned lecturer on Astronomical History, and Herouni, the director of the first optical-radio telescope, have both crusaded to bring the stones at Karahundj to the attention of the astronomical world, and they are about to succeed.

The Armenian Stonehenge

Astronomers from Europe and the US are showing increasing interest in the complex, and several expeditions have already taken place, confirming much of what these two conjecture.

Stonehenge of Armenia (3:33)

The Armenian Stonehenge predates that on the British Isles by 4500 years but it's origins and purpose is equally mysterious.

CNN Video

A stone circle located high in the highlands of Southern Armenia may in fact be the oldest stone observatory in the world, predating England's Stonehenge.

Edited by: Brenda Booth
permanent link: http://www.mysterycasebook.com/2011/armenianstonehenge.html

source & references: CNN

http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/videos/stonehenge-of-armenia#stonehenge-of-armenia

www.tacentral.com

http://www.tacentral.com/karahundj/karahundj1.asp

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