quarta-feira, 1 de abril de 2015

Novas imagens dão outra perspetiva ao "Stonehenge" chinês

Around 200 mysterious stone circles have mystified experts since they were discovered in the Gobi Desert in 2003. The largest structure in this image is known as the sun circle. An expert has suggested they could have been used by nomads to worship the sun, and may have even been a site where sacrifices were made

The mysterious collection of circles and squares have been filmed from above using a drone by a local tourism association, in an attempt to further understand the structures and their origins. A aerial shot is shown. If they were used as sacrificial sites, the type of sacrifices is not known

The circles are located in the Flaming Mountain in Turpan, north west China, a matter of miles from Lianmuqin town (marked) and cover more than two-and-a-half square miles (6.6 square km)

One particular stone circle is known as the ‘Sun Circle’ (pictured) and is formed by four concentric circles, the largest of which measures 26 ft (eight metres) in diameter, with the smallest inner ring destroyed

The stone structures are built on high points of the land and some are square, with ‘exits’ to combine certain shapes (pictured). A lack of evidence of bodies at the sites has led one expert to rule out that the formations are burial sites, instead claiming they were sacrificial worship sites for ancient nomadic people

The rocks used in the structures in China (pictured) are not from the desert where the circles are located, suggesting that they were brought from afar, much like Stonehenge’s famous bluestones

A total of eight big circles have been recorded in west central Jordan, between the Wadi el-Hasa and the edge of the Shara escarpment. There is also a second group, made of four Big Circles, just north of Azraq Oasis. Pictured is circle J1, known locally as Qasr Abu el-Inaya. It is located 2.4 miles (4km) west of the Hedjaz Railway and Desert Highway

Experts have said that the stone circles (pictured) are in line with local historical traditions, but very little is known about them, including their age

The circles and squares (pictured) are all located on higher ground, which fits the selection conditions for ancient worship ceremonies

A televisão chinesa colocou um drone a filmar as estranhas formações rochosas do deserto de Gobi, usadas no passado, provavelmente, como santuário.

Chamam-lhe "Stonehenge" chinês e os cientistas não têm muitas dúvidas em encontrar semelhanças com o que existe em Inglaterra.

São cerca de 200 marcos transportados para aquele local, - são feitos de rochas que não existem na região (deserto de Gobi) -, numa disposição circular, o que faz com que sejam conhecidos localmente como "os círculos estranhos".

Descobertas em 2003, continuam a intrigar os cientistas e a merecer muita atenção. Mas só agora se conseguiram imagens mais esclarecedoras, a partir de um drone enviado pela CCTV.

A opinião dos cientistas é que aquele seria um local de culto para os nómadas que atravessavam a região.

fonte: TSF