A mysterious stone complex which may have been built by the Huns has been discovered in Kazakhstan. It contains some stones which look exactly like ones found at Stonehenge in the UK.
The complex is huge, covering an area larger than 200 American football fields and it’s known as Altÿnkazgan, located in Kazakhstan near the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea.
The researchers identified several types and sizes of stone structures at the site. The smallest is 4 by 4 meters (13 ft x 13 ft), but the largest found to date measures 34 by 24 meters (112 ft by 79 ft).
Apart from the stones and carvings, the researchers have made other spectacular finds at the site. For example, they discovered the remains of a saddle made with silver elements and decorated with images of deer, wild boars, and other beasts (perhaps lions).
This outstanding artifact sheds some light on the origins of the mysterious complex. The scientists believe that the ancient artisan(s) first designed the images on leather and then glued them onto wooden boards. Silver plates were then fixed over the shapes.
By analyzing the saddle, they found that the decoration can be dated back to the period of the Roman Empire’s collapse. At that time, the Huns were traveling across Asia and Europe – and the owner of the saddle was most probably one of them. The Huns “led various ethnic groups in the Eurasian steppes to move from their previous homelands.”
Altÿnkazgan is another example of a remarkable archaeological discovery made in Kazakhstan over the last few years. April Holloway reported another exciting find in September, 2014 with the discovery of “the Nazca lines of Kazakhstan – more than 50 giant geoglyphs formed with earthen mounds and timber found stretched across the landscape in northern Kazakhstan. They are designed in a variety of geometric shapes, including crosses, squares, rings, and even a swastika, an ancient symbol that has been in use for at least 12,000 years.”