Tuesday, November 13, 2012

#910 Zorats Karer Carahunge - Stone Circle, Armenia

Those who study stone circles are usually not aware of one of the eastern-most circles in Armenia known as Zorats Karer, just out of the town of Sisian. Truly spiky wild crags in a wild mountain valley rather than the placid English circles, its history is not well-known. 
With 204 stones up to 3m high spread over the brown-grass hills, some with holes carved through, others paired with tombs dating back to 3000BC, it is an astronomical observatory for the equinoxes and solstices. Totally unfenced, we had the place to ourselves and wandered over a large area exploring. Very unique and interesting! 
Source: Lonely Planet Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan 3rd Edition

4 comments:

  1. Truly a very interesting blog...great pics.
    Subhashis Das

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  2. Amazingly atmospheric place, very wild and remote. The Armenians (who think they invented or developed everything, like the Zodiac, writing and the wheel) think that the "hunj" part of the name is linguistically the same as "henge" and that they inspired the idea and the word in the minds of the English. This place looked amazing in September with snow not far above in the cold mountains.

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