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Sevsar Ancient Astronomical Observatory

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​Armenia’s star gazing tradition is as old as recorded time. In Sevsar one may see an ancient observatory with a unique image of bolide carved on a huge stone block, astronomical calendars and pictograms from 3rd - 1st Millennia BCE.

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​Armenia’s star gazing tradition is as old as recorded time. Recent studies suggest the birthplace of naming constellations and the creation of the zodiac is in the Armenian plateau. One of such places used for star observation is located on the western slopes of Mt. Sevsar, east of the Martuni-Selim Pass. Here, one may see an ancient observatory with a unique image of bolide carved on a huge stone block, astronomical calendars and pictograms from 3rd - 1st Millennia BCE.

​There are all together 15 pictured rock-pieces within an area of 50 by 20 meters. There is a theory that the big round image represents a bolide, and the adjoining pictures are constellations. Thus, an assumption can be made that this is a stellar map, which shows a sector of the sky from which the bolide descended.

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