Mar 01, 2014 I Mysterious Universe

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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