A Pagan heathen?
What is the Belarusian Stonehenge? Special groups of boulder stones are arranged in two circles. Stones of 0.6 — 0.9 meter in diameter are placed in a certain order in the first circle. The rest stones in the outer circle have about 1 m in diameter. How did this monument emerge in Belarus? What was it erected for and when?
According to Ilya Butov, head of palaeology expedition organized by Belarusian UFO committee, which found the monument, it dates approximately as of 3 thousand years B.C., which is almost one thousand years older than the famous English observatory. Some believe that the boulders placed on the bank of the Denpr could serve as horizon observatory. Before that they suggested that the monument purpose was to serve as Pagan temple, i.e. it was first and foremost a hieratic place. An altar stone situated near the monument with bones around it makes this version credible.
So how did they find out this construction was observatory?
— So far, we can only say that midsummer sunrise can be observed through the rings in northeast over one of altar stones, — says Ilya Butov. — Additionally, there are two more stones placed in parallel to this one that indicate moonrise on midwinter days. And if we assume that large stone of 1.5 m in diameter found to the southeast wasn’t part of the second circle but served as reference azimuth, it then could be used for prediction of sunrise on midwinter and moonrise on midsummer days. We cannot mention other reference points yet as we do not know what the landscape looked like when the stone circles were built.
It is interesting to know that all similar monuments in the world are situated at latitudes between 51 and 54 degrees. And this is not by chance as the Moon is best observed from there.
The most widely known ancient observatory Stonehenge is situated in England. It dates back to 3500 — 1100 B.C. and is arranged as circular earthwork with two halls. Stonehenge is comprised of 82 large blue stones, which were brought from South Wales, according to researchers. 30 stone block 25 metric tons each and 5 huge trilithons of about 50 tons! Large stones make arcs that are believed to have indicated cardinal points.
In 1994 David Bowen of Wales University defined the age of English Stonehenge, using latest methods. It turned out to be 140 thousand years! So why did prehistoric people take that great pains to adze, transport and erect these boulders in strict and precise order? This is not fully clear yet.
From Africa to Siberia
In general, traces of Stonehenge-like monuments are met in many countries of northern hemisphere from Scotland and Africa to France and Siberia. Monuments like Stonehenge can be found in Russia on Solovetskie isles, in Novgorod, in the White Sea on Russky and Nemetsky Kuzov isles 25 km from Kem, and on Baikal lake on cape Rytyj. Not long ago Italian scientists found same construction in Calabria mountains 1,065 m above the sea level.
It is considered to be erected in 4000 — 2400 B.C. Germany has similar monument near Gozek, which dates back to five thousand years B.C.; one more was found in America — scientists think it emerged between 2000 and 1500 B.C.
Questions without answers
So what are these structures? Researchers put forward several versions: these could be ancient calendars, or cardinal point indicators, or astronomy constructions used for tracking celestial bodies, or means of communication or treatment. Some thought these were alien structures. Besides, some energy activity can be observed above these monuments. All Stonehenge-like structures interfere electronic devices and compasses show anything except real directions in these monuments. Moreover, anomalies occur around each construction regularly: mysterious pictograms often appear imprinted in fields. The “Belarusian Stonehenge” shows no such activity so far. Soon researchers will clear out all functions of the monument and we will at last be able to learn the secret of the ancient construction.
by Stanislav Lozichny