Some ancient structures can really be shrouded with mystery. Case in point, the Rujm el-Hiri may simply be a bunch of stone circles for casual observers but there’s something about it that makes it particularly interesting.
Besides, the large stone monument has patterns that are hardly visible from the ground but are, quite impressively, only visible from the air.
The pile of stone rings form what appears to be a design of a wheel!
Located at Golan Heights, the pre-historic ruins were discovered by Israeli archeologists in 1967 after the territory was captured from the Syrians. It was there all along, sitting in plain sight until its discovery.
Rujm el-Hiri’s walls measure six feet in high with only its central mound being higher than the rest.
Meanwhile, the stone circle measures 160 meters across. Until now, researchers are left baffled about the structure’s purpose as well as who built them in the first place.
According to estimates, it probably dates back to Early Bronze Age II (3000 to 2700 BC) which means the monument may be around 5,000 years old.
It is absolutely one of the region’s biggest and oldest structures.
Watch this video here and take a look:
The name Rujm el-Hiri, given by Syrians, literally means “stone heap of the wild cat” in the Arabic language. In Hebrew, however, it is named Gilgal Refaim, which means the “wheel of Refaim.” “Refaim” refers to an ancient race of giants as mentioned in the Holy Bible.
It is, therefore, not surprising that some theorists are saying that the huge monument may have been built by giants – or by extra terrestrial beings, maybe?
Share your thoughts with us in the comment section!
Top 10 Funniest Comebacks in History
You’ll never have another moment of regretting not coming up with a great comeback with these quotes!
L'esprit de l'escalier or l'esprit d'escalier, literally meaning 'staircase wit', is a French term that refers to thinking of the perfect comeback when it's too late. You've definitely experienced this before, and the frustration is unreal!
However, there are a lot of moments from history where famous people were able to come up with witty comebacks that totally rekt their opponent. Here are some of the best.
1. Leonard Nimoy vs. fan
In 1964, This Woman Was Hit By A Meteorite While She Was Sleeping In Her Couch
According to history, Ann Hodges of Alabama was the first human victim of a meteorite.
Some of us may remember that in 2013, a massive meteorite wreaked havoc near the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia. The space rock’s sonic boom damaged buildings and injured over a thousand people.
It’s basically like a scene out of a sci-fi book – except this one was real!
Perhaps unknown to many, however, this wasn’t the first time a meteorite injured a human being. The first person to have been hit by a meteorite, as confirmed by history, is a woman from Sylacauga, Alabama.
Scotland’s 6,000-Year-Old Stone House Still Has Its Stone Furniture
Now that is awesome!
Located at Knap of Howar on the island of Papa Westray in Orkney, Scotland is a stone house that is considered by many as the oldest of its kind in northern Europe. According to radiocarbon dating, the structure was occupied from about 3700 BC to 2800 BC – which dates back much earlier than other stone houses found in the settlement at Skara Brae on the Orkney Mainland.
And it’s actually very fascinating!
As you will see on the photos below, the farmstead has two thick-walled buildings with low doorways facing towards the sea. The larger, older structure is assumed to either be a workshop or a second house.
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