Russian Stonehenge Abandoned
4,000 Years Ago
Translation: Lavrentyeva Natalya
Posted: 10:55 August 6, 2007
Four thousand years ago the local dwellers suddenly left the town Arkaim located in the south of the present Chelyabinsk Region and burnt the empty settlement.
The town had a circular structure coordinated with the stars order. Many believe in mystical characteristics of the area and link it with the legends of ancient Siberia and the Urals. Specialists of the monitoring station of anomalies` research in the Urals claim that the specialized national park-museum Arkaim is a vast anomalous zone.
Arkaim was found by an archaeological expedition of the State University of Chelyabinsk in 1987. Geo physic methods let the scientists come to the conclusion that the ancient settlement located on that territory consisted of 60 buildings (35 in the inner circle of the town, and 25 in the outer circle).
By the moment archaeologists have carefully researched 29 buildings. Although the settlement is not so well-known as Stonehenge it is highly unique and has even more complex organization. Modern astronomers were surprised by the diversification, complexity, and accuracy of the built “project”, taking into account the fact that there had no been found traces of any earlier and simpler constructions in that area.
The fire which burnt the settlement remains one of the main puzzles of Arkaim. It is known that there have not been found any human remains and this makes it evident that the dwellers had been ready for leaving the settlement before the fire broke out.
After archaeologists, historians, and ethnography researchers got interested in the area it caused an influx of psychics, prophets, contactors with outer substances, members of various religious cults, people, seeking cure and enlightenment, and other pilgrims. “Psychic tourism” in Arkaim started in 1991 after a visit of one of the most famous Russian astrologists, and at the present time the national park-museum is visited by more than 25 thousand people annually.