Mysterious Middle East ‘Wheel of Giants’ Is As Old As Stonehenge
A mysterious stone circle in the Middle East is estimated to be nearly 5,000 years old — about the same age as Stonehenge.
It’s known in Arabic as Rujm el-Hiri, or “stone heap of the wild cat,” and Gilgal Refaim in Hebrew, which means “Wheel of Giants” and refers to a race of giants mentioned in the Bible.
“It’s an enigmatic site. We have bits of information, but not the whole picture,” Uri Berger, an expert on megalithic tombs with the Israel Antiquities Authority, told Reuters. “Scientists come and are amazed by the site and think up their own theories.”
The Wheel of Giants, which sits in the contested Golan Heights, is so vast that it is best seen from the sky:
The Wheel of Giants was discovered by Israeli archaeologists shortly after the 1967 Six Day War, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Unlike the massive rocks of Stonehenge, Rujm el-Hiri is made up of much smaller stones, with a total diameter of more than 500 feet, according to Popular Archaeology.
The website reports that the walls that make up the five circles have a height of up to 6.6 feet, with outer walls as high as 8 feet. The stones have a combined weight estimated at 37,500 tons.
But despite its massive size, it’s not always easy to see how the whole site is connected from the ground level, where it may just look like rocks and rubble in places:
At the heart of the Wheel of Giants is a 15-foot-high burial mound; although who was buried there — and whatever he or she was buried with — were taken by tomb robbers long ago.