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Zorats Karer / Karahunj near Sisian (Syunik province - Armenia)
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
N 39° 33.057 E 046° 01.725
38S E 588387 N 4378424
Quick Description: Zorats Karer also called Karahunj, one of the most ancient megalithic constructions of the world, is located near town Sisian in Syunik province of Armenia.
Location: Armenia
Date Posted: 2/26/2013 6:59:54 AM
Waymark Code: WMGFCH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member snaik
Views: 3

Long Description:

Zorats Karer also called Karahunj, one of the most ancient megalithic constructions of the world, is located near town Sisian in Syunik province of Armenia.

Zorats Karer (officially named the "Karahunj Observatory" by Armenian Parliamentary decree from July 29, 2004), often mentioned as "Armenian Stonehenge", is possibly the world's first astronomical observatory. Three alleys of stones lie off the central shape, looking like arms reaching to the North, South and South-East. The alleys are 2 to 10 meters wide, with additional stones lying in their path. These "arms" are important, since the stones with apertures in them lie only on the alleys. Some scientists are sure the site is as an ancient astronomical instrument which was used to plot sunrises, moon phases, and "the beginning of a calendar".

Type: Stone Row

Parking: N 39° 33.026 W 046° 01.746

Number: 223.00

Size:
The total area of the Zorats Karer megalithic site is circa 7 hectares.


Source:
Unknown local quarry.


Purpose:
- temple of god of Sun - ancient astronomical observatory - necropolis from the Middle Bronze Age to the Iron Age


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