The Mysterious Russian Stonehenge

On March 8, 2014 by Tim Newman

Russian Stonehenge Megalith - huge block

These mysterious stones are found on the Mountain (Gornaya) Shoria in the Kemerov region of Russia. At first they just look like lumps of naturally placed stone, but when investigated a little closer they appear to have been crafted and thoughtfully honed at some point in their distant past.

Russian Stonehenge Megalith - wall

Russian Stonehenge Megalith - tunnel

The Gornaya Shoria structures consist of a large number of huge rectangular rocks piled up on top of each other.

Russian Stonehenge Megalith - tight gap


Russian Stonehenge Megalith - tight gap 2

Because of a lack of funding and their remote location very little archaeological work has been done in the area. In the autumn of 2013 some funding was finally raised, so we may get a clearer picture once they’ve had a good route around. Whether humans have ever lived in this precise location is up for debate.

Russian Stonehenge Megalith - standing stones

Russian Collection

Russian Stonehenge Megalith - standing far

The walls of the Gornaya Shoria run for about 200 metres and are about 40 metres high. Some of the blocks are 20 by 7 metres in size. Each stone weighing an estimated 1000 tonnes. To put that in perspective that’s heavier than a fork lift truck containing Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks before their morning dump.

Russian Stonehenge Megalith - pancake


Russian Stonehenge Megalith - neat

It is still possible that these rocks were caused by natural wind or erosion etc, so that’s what the archaeologists are going to find out. Some of the edges, corners and smooth lines certainly appear human made but that’s not evidence enough on it’s own. We forget that nature is pretty good at regular shapes itself.

The Lena Pillars in Siberia are another naturally formed construct that at first glance look human designed. The constant pull of temperatures from very minus in the winter to very mild in the summer puts the ancient rocks under all kinds of duress.

Another theory on the creation of the Gornaya Shoria rocks is tectonic. Rock beneath the ground can be under immense pressure, when this pressure is released as the erosion of the earth uncovers the rock, so called orthogonal joint sets can occur. These orthogonal joints often intersect at 90 degrees and can certainly look similar in shape and size in the rocks at Gornaya Shoria region. This image gives you an idea of the size of the blocks, could a human hand really be responsible?:

Gornaya Shoria - man made or human

If these orthogonal joints occur they can be weathered by pooling water at the bases and joins which further accentuate the already block-like features. So far there have been no other human artifacts discovered in the area, so that points to a natural formation, but then no one has done much digging yet either.

Russian Stonehenge Megalith - huge

History Collection

Russian Stonehenge Megalith - slab

No similar stone constructions like those at Gornaya Shoria have yet been found anywhere in the rest of Russia, so whether they turn out to be natural or human made they’re still going to be fascinating. Some pro-Ruski anthropologists like to theorise that humanity started in Siberia and they point to these rocks as evidence. That might be pushing the boat out a bit far though.

Russian Stonehenge Megalith - fallen


Russian Stonehenge Megalith - corner

Some say that aliens put these rocks here. I’m not sure if that’s the neatest possible answer either.

Russian Stonehenge Megalith - boulder Russian Stonehenge Megalith - blocks

Whether the Gornaya Shoria stones are man-made or naturally occurring, when we do get to the bottom of it it’s bound to teach us something new. Watch this space.

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