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  • Perhaps a recently discovered archaeological site in Armenia will provide the answer.

  • Narrator: The Syunik province,

  • Southern Armenia.

  • Approximately 140 Miles southeast of the nation's

  • capital, Yerevan, lies the city of Sisian.

  • Nearby

  • sits a high plateau where

  • hundreds of ancient stones, some weighing more than 50 tons,

  • stretch over a third of a mile.

  • This is Carahunge, also known as

  • the Armenian Stonehenge.

  • estimated to be approximately 7,500 years old, Carahunge

  • predates the British Stonehenge

  • by more than 4,500 years

  • The site is made of 203 slabs

  • of basalt.

  • At the structure's center stands

  • the stone circle, or henge.

  • Nicholas Howarth: When most

  • people hear of stone henges, they think of the Stonehenge in England.

  • But there are hundreds of these,

  • uh, henges, or stone circles,

  • scattered all across Europe.

  • What they were and how they

  • were used is still a mystery.

  • Tsoukalos: Mainstream

  • archeology still doesn't agree

  • on who lived there or who the builders were of that site.

  • What we do know, though, is that the entire site is definitely

  • a part of some type of an

  • astronomical model.

  • Narrator: But how could this simple circular array of stones

  • have given early man information

  • about the stars?

  • Is it possible that Carahunge

  • might be the world's oldest observatory?

  • In September of 2010

  • England's Oxford University sent an expedition to investigate.

  • Howarth: What makes this exceptional megalithic monument

  • unique are the small holes,

  • which have been bored into the

  • rock at different angles.

  • There are 85 stones with holes.

  • They're like telescopes.

  • What we see with these holes is

  • that they are pointed at

  • different alignments to

  • positions, uh, on the horizon or

  • into the night sky.

  • or into the night sky

  • Uh, what they're pointing at is still a mystery to us.

  • But we can say with certainty from the archaeological

  • evidence that they were some sort of way to connect man and

  • his life on earth

  • to the

  • heavens above.

  • this with the defense on that with the same

  • That we can say that people were systematically trying to

  • understand their place in the

  • solar system.

  • Wilcock: This site is also called the Zorats Karer, which

  • means "the stones of the powerful."

  • And what has been determined is that the outline of these stones

  • actually does correspond to the constellation known as Cygnus,

  • or the swan...

  • which in certain cultures, is also referred to as the vulture.

  • Collins: Cygnus has always been seen

  • among cultures around the world for many, many thousands of years

  • as a point of entry and exit into the

  • sky world... this belief in a

  • power in the stars, the idea

  • that we come from the stars and

  • actually return there in death.

  • Narrator: The early Greeks, Chinese and others also believed that Cygnus had a special power or unique significance.

  • But why?

  • Why would so many ancient cultures around the world have similar myths about the same constellation?

  • Tsoukalos: The only reason why I would do this, if I were on a foreign planet, is to give

  • on a foreign planet, is to give a message to future generations

  • to say, "hey. Nudge, nudge.

  • This is where we came from."

  • Narrator: Although, today, it

  • is no longer possible to see Cygnus through the notches of Carahunge, many theories exist

  • as to why the position of the constellation

  • has changed so drastically.

  • Wilcock: This site dates back to antiquity,

  • where the earth's axis was in a different position

  • And you had the constellation

  • visible in the sky at that time

  • because of the fact that the

  • earth was on a different tilt of its axis entirely.

  • Narrator: Mainstream scientists have calculated that

  • the earth's axis slowly changes,

  • or wobbles, over a 26,000-year period.

  • But there are other researchers who believe these shifts happen more suddenly and dramatically.

  • They claim that when these events occur,

  • they cause major climate changes...

  • Flooding of biblical proportion...

  • and the widespread destruction of life

  • But if these rapid shifts did occur, might Carahunge have been

  • might Carahunge have been designed to provide something of a warning?

  • Wilcock: It's possible that the Armenian Stonehenge was one

  • of the initial sites where ETs came to visit.

  • And if there had been some sort of

  • shift on the earth's axis before, if there were periodic cataclysm

  • then maybe there is a time cycle in which those cataclysms happen.

  • And maybe these ancients were very concerned about watching the astronomical alignments

  • because they wanted to make sure

  • that this wasn't going to happen again.

  • Narrator: But could alien

  • have come to this part visitors from other worlds have come to this spot even before

  • Carahunge was built?

  • Perhaps petroglyphs in the

  • area... much older than the standing stones...

  • offer even more clues.

  • Howarth: The petroglyphs go back to a much earlier time, so I think my first point is

  • not to confuse the petroglyphs, which are from 10,000 years before Christ, with Carahunge itself.

  • When the stones went up, it was probably 3,000 to 2,000 years before Christ.

  • There are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of images of humanoid figures on the site.

  • Some of them are quite distorted

  • quite explicit in difficult

  • and difficult to understand and interpret.

  • Martell: The Armenian Stonehenge also has some interesting carved wall reliefs

  • that show humanoid-looking beings. Now, many people have speculated that these could be possibly

  • extraterrestrial.

  • We look at the very bulbous shaped heads

  • slanted eyes.

  • Very similar to what we see in a modern-day gray alien.

  • Tsoukalos: Look at the eyes,

  • look at the shape of the head.

  • What's interesting in this carving right here

  • those extraterrestrials are holding some type of a disc.

  • You've got this sphere that's

  • sort of just floating there in midair.

  • Is it possible that these here represent flying discs? And the answer is yes,

  • because again, this is a human rendering

  • of something that they

  • witnessed a long time ago.

  • And it had to have been compelling enough

  • for them to

  • to carve this into stone.

  • Narrator: Could these ancient stone carvings

  • actually be primitive portraits of visitors from the sky?

  • Did ancient astronauts really use Carahunge as some sort of

  • landing site or early portal? If so, what

  • secrets did they leave behind?

  • And could they still be helping to create stone monoliths, even in our own time?

Perhaps a recently discovered archaeological site in Armenia will provide the answer.

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