It seems like the new definition of cool among the world’s nations is having pointed mounds that can be called pyramids and a stone circle that can be called your Stonehenge. Poland now has both with the announcement of the discovery of a mysterious circle of stones surrounding a burial mound similar to the massive ones it calls pyramids.
The Polish Stonehenge was discovered near Czaplinek in north-western Poland, while archaeologists from the Koszalin Museum were analyzing a set of previously unknown burial mounds. As they searched the area around the mounds, they found three were circled by stones that appeared to have once formed a similar configuration to those at Stonehenge, with some standing on and others atop them. The stones have fallen but the archeologists say there’s no question they were once in a stacked Stonehenge formation.
Burnt remains were found in a burial urn, indicating this may have been a site for ritual sacrifices in addition to burials. A bone pin, bronze buckle and other artifacts in the urn point to the remains belonging to a woman. They also help date the site to between 1st and 3rd century CE.
The three stone circles are just the latest of a recent series of what some are referring to as history-changing findings in Poland. Earlier this year, archeologists announced the discovery of more than a dozen massive burial mounds near Dolice in Western Pomerania so large that they were immediately dubbed the Polish pyramids.
Found underneath an old forest, the burial structures were made in a shape of an elongated triangle and measured 3 meters (9.8 ft) high, 150 meters (492.1 ft) long and 6 to 15 meters (19.7 to 49.2 ft) wide. Each appeared to contain only one corpse that was probably an elder or a leader from the Funnelbeakers – a neolithic and mesolithic culture that lived in the area between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE. These pyramids were also surrounded by stones but their positions didn’t lead archeologists to suspect a Stonehenge formation – now they may examine them again.
Why are the Polish Stonehenge and pyramids considered history-changing? Historians in this Catholic country have promoted the idea that Polish Christians descended from a Slavic culture. These discoveries suggest they were made instead by a Germanic culture or possible even Celts.
Whoever built them, the discoveries make Poland the newest member of the Stonehenge and pyramids clubs.