Archaeologists have uncovered a gigantic, 1,500-year-old in Kazakhstan. The structure is reminiscent of Stonehenge but no one knows who built it.
Each of the stones in the structure are of a different size, with some of the smallest stone slabs measuring 4 metres (13 feet) wide and tall, while others measure up to 34 by 24 metres (112 by 79 feet). At this stage, no one’s quite sure why the stones are so varied.
Researchers from the Mangistaus State Historical and Cultural Reserve in Kazakhstan and the Russian Academy of Sciences are still trying to figure out who made this wonderfully huge structure, and so far it’s proven quite difficult.
But then the team hit a roadblock in their investigation.
“Unfortunately, the socioeconomic situation in the region is not one in which it is easy to engage in archaeological research, and it was not until 2014 that the authors of this article were able to excavate certain features within the site,” the team writes.
But who made them and what was their purpose?
The team isn’t sure yet, but they do have some ideas. Based on markings found on the silver saddle, they suggest that the stones were likely constructed by a nomadic tribe around the time that the Roman Empire was falling.
In that area, there was only one real option: the Huns, a nomadic tribe that pillaged and plundered across Eastern Europe and Central Asia for hundreds of years. The only problem is that the Huns were not known to built temples / graveyards like these.
So, who build them and why?
It will take further research and excavation for the team to understand the significance of the structure and the nearby saddle, but they hope to have a better idea by 2017. Given the amount of land the structures cover, the region will likely provide new details for many years to come.