KaraHunj -=- Zorats Qarer
Posted 30 November 2016 - 09:10 AM
The megalithic complex Karahunj located in Armenia has been included in top 10 ancient sites for stargazing.
The list was made by photographer Babak Tafreshi for National Geographic.
”About 3,000 miles east of the cromlech in Portugal is the Armenian Stonehenge, near Sisian. Also known as Zorats Karer, it includes 223 stones, some weighing up to 10 tons. Some have a circular hole,” the author writes.
According to him, the place is especially good for gazing at Orion.
The list also includes Chaci Canyon in New Mexico, Almendres Cromlech in Portugal, Meteora Monastery in Greece, Alamut Castle in Iran, etc.
Posted 17 August 2017 - 09:50 AM
Aug 16 2017
At the invitation of Vazgen Gevorgyan, an explorer dealing with ancient civilizations, Yelena Gienko, Associate Professor of the Department of Physical Geodesy and Remote Sensing at the Siberian State University of Geosystems and Technology, Candidate of Technical Sciences, recently arrived in Armenia, and conducted research in Karahunj, Metsamor Observatory, Tatev Monastery and Vorotnavank. She presented the results of the research.
According to Gienko, the goal of the expedition was to prove that Karahunj and Metsamor are ancient observatories, and the Armenian cross-shaped cupola churches are star-observation and time counting centres. “We succeeded to prove that there is an observatory point in Metsamor. We found stones with holes, such as in Karahunj. The Polar or North Star is visible through the hole of one of the Megalites. This confirms that there have been star-observations conducted in Metsamor”, said the scientist.
She noted that there are pictograms in Metsamor, which remind of holes with tails: “I have studied Chinese pictograms: that’s how falling star is depicted. Therefore, it is possible to see falling stars in Metsamor too. Specifically, on August 11-13, the stars’ flow of Perseids can be observed”.
Yelena Gienko also visited Karahunj: “It’s an ancient observatory. Getting acquainted with Paris Heruni’s research, I can say that they are quite literate and accurate at the level of astrology. Those are amazing stone monuments that have a history of millennia. It’s a unique place where people watch the rise of the Orion constellation and the sunrise on New Year’s Day, in Navasard. When people look at the stars, it unites them”.
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 01:34 PM
Posted 03 February 2019 - 12:09 PM
YEREVAN. – Stonehenge (Karahunj) was found in Armenia, a researcher at the ancient observatory in the south of Armenia, Vachagan Vaghradian told reporters on Saturday.
According to him, several Karahunj-like monuments were found in Sisian, Artsakh, Shirak province, Goris.
“Karanuj, discovered in Artsakh, is located in the village between Stepanakert and Shushi,” he said.
He noted that this Stonehenge needs the attention.
“A press conference will be organized with the participation of a member of the Karahunj protection initiative in this regard,” he said.
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Posted 02 August 2019 - 11:57 AM
Mystery of the ‘Armenian Stonehenge’ made up of 223 rocks which may have been built 7,500 years ago could soon be solved, say archaeologists
Opposing research institutes have agreed to set aside their disputes over the nature of the so-called ‘Armenian Stonehenge’ to solve its mysteries for once and for all.
Made up of 223 stones, Carahunge has been argued to predate Wiltshire’s Stonehenge by 2,500 years — but its purpose has long been a bone of contention.
Although some archaeologists have argued that the prehistoric site was used as an astronomical observatory, others contend it was just a conventional settlement.
Members of the Bnorran Historic-Cultural NGO and the Armenian Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography co-signed an agreement on July 30 to collaborate in plumbing the mysteries of Carahunge, which lies near Sisian, in Armenia’s Syunik Province.
For the former group of researchers, the archaeological site — which some experts claim is 7,500 years old — represents the earliest-known observatory.
‘We think Carahunge — where more than 200 stones are located, with 80 having holes in them — is an ancient astronomical observatory,’ Bnorran board member Arevik Sargsyan
This idea is partly based on the work of the physicist Paris Herouni, who had argued that the ancient complex dated back to around 5,500 BC.
Some of the stones, he suggested, had been deliberately positioned in order to align with Deneb, the brightest star in the constellation of Cygnus, along with the positions of the sun and the moon at certain times in the year.
‘According to another opinion, Carahunge isn’t an astronomical observatory,’ Ms Sargsyan said.
For them, she added, ‘it is simply an ancient site, a settlement, which has a status of a mausoleum.’
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