They sit like soldiers on a hill, huddled in formation.
The 204 stones near Sissian have been ascribed with mystical,
fertility and cosmic powers, but rarely have ancient monuments
caused such a sensation in astronomical circles.
stones stretched out along the crest of a hill overlooking the
Sissian River challenge the very dating of early astronomy and
the answer to the question, "Who were the first astronomers?"
If proven true, a current controversial dating of the stones
at Karahundj predate England's Stonehenge, they predate the
Babylonian's claim to being the first astronomers, and they
confirm what some people already suspect: that Armenia
is the birthplace of the zodiac, and perhaps the beginning of
navigation and the concept of time.
claim for a group of rough-cut stones that have been almost
ignored for centuries. Not so to Elma Parsamian and Paris
Herouni, both who have taken a keen interest in the complex
about 5 kilometers from Sissian. Parsamian,
an astral-physicist at the Byurakan Observatory and Internationally
renowned lecturer on Astronomical History, and Herouni, the
director of the first optical-radio telescope, have both crusaded
to bring the stones at Karahundj to the attention of the astronomical
world, and they are about to succeed. Astronomers from
Europe and the US are showing increasing interest in the complex,
and several expeditions have already taken place, confirming
much of what these two conjecture.