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  • Sunduki (click here to focus in map) (see also GeoNames #486217)
    Geonames_icon Sunduki populated place Geocontext: Europe/Moscow
  • Shoria (click here to focus in map) (see also GeoNames #1506275)
    Geonames_icon Gornaya Shoriya region Geocontext: Asia/Novokuznetsk
    Description: RU


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MacIsaac. "Giant Megaliths Found in Siberia Could Be Largest in the World"


The word is starting to spread through websites that explore mysterious events and artifacts from history that megaliths found in Gornaya Shoria (Mount Shoria), Siberia, could be the largest in the world.

The first person to report this news was amateur researcher John Jensen, who had previously gained some attention for identifying unusual formations off the east coast of the United States.

He came across photos recently taken of a team exploring the megaliths and information about the megaliths posted on Russian websites. One of the websites was that of Valery Uvarov, a Russian author interested in the Egyptian pyramids.

Epoch Times has not yet been able to independently verify these reports, though the photos are available on Jensen’s blog and his post on Epoch Times will continue to follow up on this discovery.

The stones may be larger than the Baalbek stones in Lebanon, which are currently thought to be the largest used in an ancient structure. Comparing photos of both sites, with people standing next to the stones to provide a sense of scale, the largest pictured Gornaya Shoria stones seem a third or so bigger than the Baalbek stones, which weigh about 800 tons.

The average weight of stones used to build the Great Pyramid is about 2.5 tons. The Stonehenge megaliths are about 50 tons each.

The stones at Gornaya Shoria are stacked about 130 feet (40 meters) high, according to Jensen. They appear to be carved into rectangular blocks, with some forming passageways.

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Kukonen & Baklitskaya. "Is this the oldest astronomical observatory in the world dating back 16,000 years?"


Sunduki is called the Siberian Stonehenge, yet its site is older than the British standing stones, and arguably ‘more mysterious’.

Our pictures show the stunning primeval beauty of this place, far from modern city life, but many millennia ago it was perhaps at the apex of civilisation.

Some have even speculated that Hyperborea, known from Greek mythology, may have been here in the modern Republic of Khakassia. Whether or not this is so, respectable scientific opinion now holds that Sunduki is a singular site in understanding our ancestors, and that it has many secrets yet to divulge.

In bygone times, they believe, this was a stargazing capital of the ancient world and a place of devout worship.

In all, Sunduki comprises eight fantastical sandstone mounts rising incongruously from a flood plain on the bank of the Bely Iyus. Parallel to each other, almost equal in size, they are crowned with strange rock hats looking like giant boxes or chests.

The word ‘Sunduk’ in Russian means ‘chest’ or ‘trunk’ which explains how the place got its modern name.

‘For many years I tried to unravel these mystery ‘chests’, said Professor Vitaly Larichev, of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Determined to decode some of the mysteries of Sunduki, he admits he became an ‘astro-archeologist’.

‘We don’t dig in the ground - we study what ancient people knew about astronomy’, he said.

‘What I discovered was a surprise even to myself. Comparing maps accumulated over many years of astronomical observations, I came to understand that here in Sunduki, we can see the oldest astronomical observatory certainly in Asia. Its age is about 16,000 years old. The ancient inhabitants of this valley daily observed the sunset, the sunrise and the moon’.

And they did so for many thousands of years since then, Larichev contends.

It was 3,500 years ago that the first known sundials existed, found by archeologists in ancient Egypt. Yet without any instruments and gadgets, these ancient Siberian astronomers used giant rocks and chinks in the stone architecture in this Siberian landscape for their calculations and observations.

He claims to have found ‘numerous ancient solar and lunar observatories around Sunduki’.

‘This square pattern of stones on the ground shows you the place’, he told visiting author Kira Van Deusen. ‘I knew there would be an orientation point, but we had to search through the grass for a long time to find it.

‘Now look up to the top of that ridge. You see a place where there is a crack between the rocks? If you were here on the summer solstice, you would see the sun rise right there. Or you would if you were here 2,000 years so. Now the timing is slightly different’.

High on one cliff wall is a rock engraving showing dragon heads in one direction, and snake heads in the other.

‘If the sun were shining, we could tell the time,’ he said. ‘In the morning the shadow moves along the snake’s body from his head to his tail, and in the afternoon it comes from the other direction along the dragon.

‘From the same observation point you can determine true north and south by sighting along the mountains’.

There is a gallery of rock art. Some dates back several centuries BC and so is relatively modern.

But a mysterious white horse found not far from the first ‘chest’ on Black Mountain was carved in the rock and is well preserved - yet scientists suggest that this petroglyph appeared 16,000 years ago, during the Ice Age, establishing this as a site of human activity over many millennia.

It was ‘the home of gods, great artists and sky watchers’, said the professor.

It was more than this, too.

There are also burial mounds and other manmade constructions - including irrigation channels - which have yet to be fully investigated.

*The Siberian Times sincerely thanks Alexander Leonidovich Zaika, Head of Archaeology and Ethnography Museum of Astafyev Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University *

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"Gornaya Shoria megaliths", in Wikipedia.

The Gornaya Shoria megaliths (Mount Shoria megaliths) are rock formations that are part of Gornaya Shoria (Russian: Горная Шория) in southern Siberia, Russia, lying to the east of the Altay Mountains. Popular, often fringe, articles have claimed these rock formations to be gigantic prehistoric man-made blocks, or megaliths. It is reported that the largest pieces or blocks of stone have estimated weights between three and four thousand tons, which would make them larger than the megaliths at Baalbek, in Lebanon.

Russian popular articles also note that Russian scientists have proposed that this rock formation is the result of geological processes associated with the intense weathering of the rock comprising Mountain Shoriya. Both tectonic forces acting on deeply buried bedrock and pressure release that occurs within nearsurface bedrock as it is uplifted and eroded commonly form rectangular, block-like, rock formations that consist of jointed rock. Both tectonic forces acting on deeply buried, massive, bedrock, e.g. granite, and pressure release as this bedrock is uncovered by erosion can create sets of joints, which are known as orthogonal joint sets, that intersect at nearly 90°. Orthogonal joint sets quite often result in the formation of rock formations that are comparable in size and shape to the blocks shown in pictures of the alleged megaliths.

Also, it is quite common for spheroidal weathering, which a form of chemical weathering, to occur as groundwater circulates through orthogonal joint sets in the nearsurface. This process results in the alteration and disingtegration of bedrock adjacent to the joints. The preferential removal of weathered bedrock by erosion creates often creates bedrock blocks, which are called corestones. These bedrock blocks commonly have rounded corners and are separated from each other by cracks of variable size. Such corestones form both hills and mountains composed of exposed and rectangular blocks of jointed bedrock that are comparable to the rock formations found in the Mountain Shoriya. These hills and mountains are known as either tors or koppies.

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Editorial comment by Laura Knight-Jadczyk

Notice the typical debunkery of Wikipedia in an effort to preserve the scientific status quo and the religious pressures of Judeo-Christianity that civilization began in Mesopotamia. Even a cursory viewing of the photographs of the megaliths is sufficient to convince anyone but the most close-minded, that these structures are man made and not the result of “natural processes.”

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