The Sacred Stone Tomb

This mysterious sandstone hill with caves is one of the world’s most important monuments of ancient cultures. It’s located in Ukraine near Melitopol town. This array of stones was formed at the sandbank of a prehistoric sea, presumably from the hardened sand masses. Over time, under the influence of wind and water, the large stone hill with 87 grottos and caves was formed. Ukrainians call it Kamyana Mohyla (Stone Tomb or Stone Grave)

Such unusual place attracted the attention of ancient people of many cultures. You can see there many marks of ancient sanctuaries. Supposedly this place was used by prehistoric sorcerers who came here from distant lands to pray for wealth and good harvest. The pretiglyphs found on the inner stones prove that this place was visited by people of many lands – from today’s Sweden to Egypt and of different times – from the Stone Age (20000-15000 BC) to Middle Ages (500 – 1500 AD). 

Recent excavations prove that this area was inhabited by the ancient tribe of “Amazons”, female warriors whose remains were found nearby. There’s a legend that the Stone Tomb was a place was where these women met with men for mating.

Today, the territory of the Stone Tomb belongs to the monument of prehistoric art officially called State Historical and Archaeological Museum. It’s been recently added to the list of the National Parks of Ukraine. It’s open for visitors every day from 9 AM.

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