China’s Mysterious Stone Circles May Have Been Used For Sacrifice

Stone circles in the Gobi desert, one km north of Flaming Mountains, in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. About 200 stone circles of varying sizes and styles have been found in a 20,000-square-meter area. Experts speculate the circles were sacrificial sites.[Photo/CCTV Weibo]
Mysterious stone formations found in China’s Gobi Desert may have been built thousands of years ago by sun-worshipping nomads who used them for sacrifice, a local expert has announced. 

By Ed Mazza|The Huffington Post

About 200 of the circular formations have been found near Turpan City in the northwestern part of the country, China Daily reported.

Although they had been known to locals, especially those from the nearby village of Lianmuqin, the formations were first discovered by archaeologists in 2003. Some began to dig under the stones to search for graves. China’s CCTV reported that no graves have been found, and local government has stepped in to stop the digging to protect the sites.

Now one archaeologist has said he believes the circles were used for sacrifice.

Across Central Asia, these circles are normally sacrificial sites,“ Lyu Enguo, a local archaeologist who has done three studies at the circles, told CCTV.

Dr. Volker Heyd, an archaeologist at the University of Bristol, told MailOnline that similar circles in Mongolia were used in rituals.

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