Zorats Karer

Zorats Karer also called Karahunj, Qarahunj or Carahunge and Carenish is a prehistoric archaeological site near the town of Sisian in the Syunik Province of Armenia. Karahundj  is a megalithic composition of Bronze Age tombs (cists, dolmens or tumuli) and over 230 standing stones (menhirs). The two intertwined features (cist graves and standing stones) are the focus of debate in Armenia. The phrase Zorats Karer is literally translated from Armenian as Army Stones. It is also often referred to in international tourist lore as the Armenian Stonehenge. Zorats karer is 3, 500 years older than Stonehenge and 3, 000 years older than the Egyptian pyramids. About 223 large stone graves have been found in that area. According to many archaeologists who visited Karahunj, they have determined that the site was "a temple with a very developed large observatory. The temple was dedicated to the Armenian Ari Sun God, the equivalent of the Sun God Orus revered by the Egyptians, the site has been dated to around 7600-4500 years BC. The site (latitude 39° 34' longitude of 46° 01') inhabits over 7 hectares with a large western field of foundations (cist graves), a central oval (ring) of standing stones with rows or “alleys” of stones of various sizes stretching north and south and east of the oval. In the west of the oval there is a huge cist grave. A total of 223 standing and fallen stones stretch 250 meters and bisect the oval while over 200 cist and shaft graves lay in the lower ground to the west of the central oval. The stones are grouped into a Central Ring, the Chord, a Central Alley, North and South Arms, and the Northeast Alley.

Zorats Karer also called Karahunj, Qarahunj or Carahunge and Carenish is a prehistoric archaeological site near the town of Sisian in the Syunik Province of Armenia.