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Ancient Civilizations Left Their Marks Everywhere

By James Donahue

Every time humans construct monuments of any size, we scar the surface of the Earth. Those scars last a very long time . . . perhaps never going away.

I remember how a Michigan history group used aerial photograph to find a dirt roadway that once was the only route into the state’s Thumb Area. From the ground all traces of this century lost road appeared covered by modern construction, agriculture and new growth forest. But from the air the road remained as clearly visible as are the famed Nazca Lines in the wilds of Peru. Except where new buildings stood, there were easy to find marks where the road once existed.

We should not find it surprising that hundreds, if not thousands of marks and even stone remnants of a very ancient civilization that may have existed thousands of years before known written history, also are being discovered now that satellite images of our planet’s surface are being collected.
It seems that we are all living on lands where great civilizations once existed before us. Their accomplishments were perhaps as great, although quite different from our own. Instead of great concrete highways and skyscrapers, they built amazing structures from great slabs of precisely cut stone, leaving monoliths in various shapes and sizes to marvel us.
Some of these structures, like the Seven Strong Men rock formations that soar up to 200-feet high on a flat plateau in the Ural Mountains of Russia are so weathered they hide evidence that they were once placed there by intelligent beings. Yet their very existence, standing upward in a place where such rock formations should not be found, create a sense of awe among all who see them. The indigenous Mansi people share a legend that the rocks were once Samoyed Giants who were magically turned to stone while on their way to destroy the ancient ancestors of the Mansi.

The massive pyramids found not only in Egypt but in South America and all over the world, including places deep in the oceans must be included among the ancient megoliths. Some archaeologists want to attribute these structures to the Egyptian kings and architects, but this has remained a controversial topic for hundreds of years. The pyramids, and the Spinx standing nearby bear the marks of extreme age.

Everybody knows of Stonehenge and we all marvel at the fact that stones of such massive weight and size could have been positions not only in circles, but set on top of each other without the help of contemporary power tools. Yet there they stand.
What is even more amazing is that Stonehenge is not the only megalithic stone circle in the world. One report states that there are an estimated 5,000 such stone circles in existence. The Senegambian Circles of Gambia, Senegal, is considered a collection of circles that contains over 1,000 different monuments spanning some 15,000 square miles.

Among the circular sites is Arkaim, the ruins of what archaeologists believe was once a circular village that existed behind large stone circular walls and covering an estimated 220,000 square feet. The site was discovered by Russian archaeologists in 1987 located near Chelyabinsk in the southern Ural Mountains, in Russia. The ruins are mostly buried under earthen mounds.
There appears to be one central theme that runs among all of the circular monolithic sites that exist in the world. They appear to have served as astronomical observatories or calendars to signal either special events occurring in the heavens, or seasonal times for planting and harvesting crops.

Finally there are the super-megalithic sites, like the ruins at Baalbek, Leganon and Pumapunku, Bolivia, both sporting massive percision cut stones of such size and weight that they are measured in tons, that appear to have survived extreme upheavals of the Earth. The site at Pumapunku, for example, is found at 12,500 feet above sea level, where the air is too thin for humans to live without wearing oxygen masks and tanks.

More recently, there has been a new discovery of a super-megalithic ruin located on Mount Shoria in southern Siberia. There researchers say they have discovered a wall of percision cut granite stones estimated to weigh over 3,000 tons each, and stacked in walls standing 40 meters high. The stones have flat surfaces, right angles and sharp corners, as if cut by giant power tools, then lifted into place by . . . giants?

How could these things exist?