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Super-megalithic Site Found in Russia: Natural or Man-made?

Alternate history buffs are about to be whipped into a frenzy!  OK, maybe not, but they will find this interesting.

An ancient “super-megalithic” site has been found in the Siberian Mountains.  Found recently in Gornaya Shoria (Mount Shoria) in southern Siberia, this site consists of huge blocks of stone, which appear to be granite, with flat surfaces, right angles, and sharp corners.  The blocks appear to be stacked, almost in the manner of cyclopean masonry, and well…they’re enormous!

Russia is no stranger to mysterious ancient sites, like Arkaim or Russia’s Stonehenge, and the Manpupuner formation, just to name two, but the site at Shoria is unique in that, if it’s man-made, the blocks used are undoubtedly the largest ever worked by human hands.


Here’s the story, as reported by archaeologist John Jensen via his personal blog and

“I subscribe to a couple of Russian Blogs and Websites that post various data and information without the typical hype and filters of Western Science, Academia and the Press, let alone the fringe and “Alien” woo-woo crowd interests. The following are photos of some Super Megaliths from Southern Siberia near the mountains of Gornaya Shoria.

The super megaliths were found and photographed for the first time by Georgy Sidorov on a recent expedition to the Southern Siberian mountains. The following images are from Valery Uvarov’s Russian website.

There are no measurements given, but from the scale depicted by the human figures, these megaliths are much larger (as much as 2 to 3 times larger) than the largest known megaliths in the world. (Example: The Pregnant Woman Stone of Baalbek, Lebanon weighs in at approximately 1,260 ton). Some of these megaliths could easily weigh upwards of 3,000 to 4,000 tons.

There is little commentary on Valery’s site, so the images are displayed here without much comments, other than my own limited observations.”

As Jensen pointed out, the monolith at Baalbek is considered to be one of the largest single stones used in an ancient megalithic site, but the blocks or stones at Shoria are much, much larger.

You may recognize the name Valery Uvarov, but if you don’t, it should be known that he is Russia’s foremost UFOlogist and a long-time proponent of various alternate history theories.  He was involved, as a primary player, in the Russian Screws scenario, some of the details of which are specious.  His website is a veritable mountain of questionable but compelling claims about ancient civilizations, alternate explanations for megalithic constructions, and OOPART speculation.


It turns out that Georgv Sidorov is also a proponent of unconventional theories regarding humanity’s past.  This doesn’t necessarily warrant discounting the entire story, but it is important to understand that both men are known for seeking out evidence in support of their belief systems, as we all are wont to do to some degree.

At the release of this story, some are excitedly claiming that the Shoria site is evidence of an ancient lost civilization; a civilization capable of incredible feats of engineering that even with our modern technology would be virtually impossible.  Others though are wisely urging caution.  The pictures are compelling, and the typical observer would be hard pressed to come up with a natural explanation, but there may be one.

In 1987 a group of recreational scuba divers stumbled onto another apparent super-megalithic site in Japan.  The Yonaguni Monument, which sits off the coast of Yonaguni, which is the southern-most island of the Ryukyu Island chain, is considered by some to be the most compelling evidence for a lost civilization in our past.  Others are less convinced, however.

Boston University geologist Robert Schoch believes that the features of Yonaguni are the result of natural geological processes.  He cites well-defined parallel bedding planes and earthquake activity, and since there are similar formations in the region that are known to be completely natural, this seems a safe bet.


The Shoria site, however, isn’t in an area that’s prone to frequent earthquakes, and the stone involved is much harder than the sandstone of Yonaguni, but our weird world is known to have created some startling rock formations that defy explanation.  The Giants Causeway of Northern Ireland and The Waffle Rock of West Virginia come to mind.  Both of those sites are now known to have been completely natural, but when viewed from the perspective of the layman, it seems incredible to think that they aren’t artificial constructions.

In any event, the site at Shoria has yet to be studied by experts in the field, all we have at the moment are the pictures, which in-an-of-themselves are quite impressive, but hardly conclusive.  Future investigation should prove interesting.

Be sure to check out all of the pictures provided by Jensen!

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  • DC

    Much of this looks as though it could have been created through ancient volcanic or earthquake activity, either pushed up from the earth or scattered by the pressure/rumbling.. then eroded over thousands of generations to end in its current appearance. Of course the block size is on a scale seldom seen, so it makes for fascinating research/theories.

  • Bryan Wanek

    Man! Folks need to do some hiking in the mountains! I have seen things like this before personally. They are not horribly uncommon and they are certainly not man made. I think it would be cool to find new evidence of ancient advanced civilizations but this is not an example. Baalbek Lebanon is an example and it is quite impressive, google Baalbek and look at the differences for yourselves. Also Puma Punku (not sure on spelling). Just like the one person said earlier, this is natural fracturing. Neat but not created by man. Unless you want to believe that some ancient folks went out and built a mountain.

  • Luke

    With respect, you’re not looking hard enough! Much of that cliff face looks like it could be made out of manmade bricks: lots of regular cuboid shapes. Check out the stones on the beach to see what I mean. This is very similar to the Russian strata, although that is admittedly on a much larger scale. And for the record, I am on the fence with this story, it just irks me that people can be so dismissive of quite rational positions, just because they don’t happen to accord with their own preconceived worldview.

  • SirJake

    That’s pretty definitive hahaha. are you a geologist? have you personally been to the site? The only foolish thing here is to proclaim something as fact with zero expertise and you haven’t studied the site, we don’t have enough data to say natural or man made. let the facts determine the truth.

  • SirJake

    haha ok pack it up scientists, eli said nothing to see here, no reason to investigate.

  • geoteacher

    Yeah, I teach this stuff, this is definitely natural.
    From the article I was really intrigued because those photo angles are about the most convincing shots you can get to make it look as if its man-made, ie sculpted and put there.
    But if you look (as I looked) at the video posted a few (17) comments below, thanks rudi stade, it is a bit bleedin’ obvious that were the photos wider framed, or had more been taken, that it shows how few right-angular 3D corners there are across the whole of that mountain. The video shows the mountain as being definitely and definitively as a naturally eroded structure.
    p.s. I am also widely open-minded.

  • Josip Milosevic

    well people, is it man-made or is it natural structure? Seems to me that some of you, due to their official education, can’t even trust their own eyes. So sad.
    Look at the Baalbek stone, weighing around 1300 tones, made 2000 years ago with unknown technology. Look at the hundreds of pyramids around Globe, without even knowing who and how built them. Search for the Japan submersed megalith structure. Find the Bosnian pyramid close to city of Visoko. Then, Stonehenge? Dolmens in south Russia? Uxmal? Macchu Pichu?

    What else do you need to believe that our civilization didn’t start with Jesus Christ? Come on people, wake up.

  • Rudi Stade

    On Ancient Aliens his hair got crazier with each episode!

  • Rudi Stade

    Check out the Trilithon in theTemple of Jupiter in Baalbek, Lebanon, with those giant carved blocks stacked like bricks.

  • Martha Sherwood

    Whether natural or man-made, those surfaces have not been exposed for more than a hundred years, judging from the lichens colonizing them. Has anyone considered that it might be an abandoned modern military installation?

  • falina

    Um because HE is quite clearly the one who is from ”out there”. WAY out there, although the show is great for exposing people to some really cool archaeological sites and historical stories. THAT being said, I’m pretty sure your buddy with the hair is the REAL alien.

  • falina

    We have similar granite and shale formations at the coastline nearby our home. The forces of nature are truly amazing. We live in an area with very little topsoil and gigantic exposed gneiss bedrock exposed. The rocks are hundreds of feet high and many huge boulders left by retreating glaciers drop enormous shaped boulders like a child playing with pebbles. People forget the sheer enormity of the forces at play here. Hint: think of the formation of the Himilayays!!!

  • falina

    This definitely requires much more study. From both sides!

  • Luke Rosewell

    I don’t have answers for all of those, but in the cases of two, for Stonehenge try Youtubing ‘man builds stonehenge in back yard’ to see a man erect a ten tonne stone on his own, using nothing but wood and sand.
    For Egypt, semi-recently a hieroglyph was found that showed how they moved objects, on sleds, with the trick of pouring water on the sand in front of the sled.
    Google images “hieroglyphic pouring water” and see the 4th image

  • SmartJock33

    Very impressive if that’s granite. Extremely hard to work with. To this day, they never could replicate how they worked with granite objects in Egypt using primitive tools. I looked up on what kind of tools that we have to use to do the same job… that was pretty shocking on how they managed to do that thousands of years ago.

  • SmartJock33

    Prove it. Replicate it. Otherwise, it’s all speculative. I highly doubt it that it is that primitive way.

  • Liam Kirk

    10 ton is very different to 1000 or 3000 ton lol. This is the largest load crane in the world, came out past few years, max capacity 3000 tons. It can only lift that 3000 tons 12 meters. This is the pinnacle of modern lifting technology.

  • Liam Kirk

    The amount of water you’d need for that in a desert community is almost laughable I’ll believe it when someone replicates it for sure…

  • Gene Ric

    I see stone formations like this all over, at least in climes that have seasonal winters. I’ve been an avid hiker and biker for 20+ years. They are natural formations and are not especially rare, except in this case maybe they are bigger than normal. I’ve seen stone formations that were broke into almost perfect cubes, but they served no purpose, didn’t look like anything like a wall or a building or anything. The rocks just freeze and expand over thousands of years, breaking apart and separating.

  • Jason Boynton Smith

    George Tsoupalopolas is AWESOME.

  • BobFromDistrict9

    Go back 9,000 years and it appears rain fell in Egypt regularly. Between than and now how much was falling in those areas?

  • Patrick Henry

    One straight crack-line, maybe. But a SERIES of 90 degree angles, straight lines, and smooth surfaces? Not so easy to explain away.

    Also, see Baalbek, Puma Punku, etc. Indisputably man-made.

  • Gene Ric

    Did you not read my comment? Yes. You do find stacks of cubed cracked rocks. Yes, they absolutely occur, I’ve seen it with my own two eyes. Smooth surfaces? Wind and rain and sun does this all the time. I guess you don’t live in a place like I do, where we have crazy rock formations all over the place, 600 and 700 foot bluffs are everywhere I live, bedrock comes right up to the surface. I grew up busting rocks in the yard because every couple of years they’d protrude further and further through the grass. So… just because you’ve never seen these sorts of formations in your world, doesn’t mean they don’t exist in mine. Did I mention that my geological environment is heavy in crystal deposits. You find quartz everywhere around here. Quartz tends to break in very interesting ways, even if the concentration is small. Rocks do some truly awesome things man. Give nature its due.

  • DamonQuinn

    There are natural monolithic-like structures that are natural but these contain actual cut fitted masonry which is never a product of nature.

  • DamonQuinn

    Civilization didn’t begin with Jesus Christ and he never claimed it did. I really don’t comprehend your last statement.

  • evilasevildoes
  • Did you even read it? At the time of writing, this is all the information that was available. And it clearly states that this is likely a natural formation. Perhaps you should have visited (and read) some of the other articles linked from this one.

  • YouChief

    Thanks for posting the video, Rudi. Like ModManMark said, initially it looks natural, but as the slideshow goes on there are a number of very interesting formations that could certainly be man-made. Either way it is a beautiful site, and I would love to go hiking there and get a closer look. Enjoyed the pictures and music — kind of put me in a trance and almost made me pass out.

  • Bill Charlton

    You are so incredibly self-deceiverd. Look at the stones at the base of Jupiter’s Temple in Baalbek, Lebanon, the laser-like cut stones at Puma Punku, etc. and if you say they occurred naturally, you are hopeless.

  • Allon Follett

    It is not Man-made and it would be wonderful if it was.
    As these rocks cooled billions of years ago, they cracked and because of rock’s chemical structure they cracked in straight lines.

  • WhiteEagle

    Even the South pole was once tropical.

  • Douchebag Joe

    shut the fuck up you retard