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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.

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

“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.

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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.

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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. http://www.liebherr.co.uk/en-GB/147239.wfw

  • 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…