Archaeological Reserve Stone Circles
Poland, Pomeranian Voivodeship

The Archaeological Reserve Stone Circles - one of the most significant archaeological sites in Poland, is located in the south of the Pomeranian province, on the territory of the Tuchola Forest, near the village of Odra. The Stone Circle Reserve was created in 1958 on the site of the burial sites of the Goths (one of the largest Germanic tribes of Scandinavian origin) discovered here dating back to the 1st century. On an area of 17 hectares, 10 stone circles and 29 barrows are located. The largest circle has a diameter of 33 meters, the smallest - 15 meters, on the circumference are stones 20-70 centimeters high. Mounds have a height of 8 to 12 meters. For several decades, this area has been the focus of attention of many researchers, scientists and amateurs. Theories have been suggested that circles are prehistoric watches, that so-called energy points on the Earth’s surface were marked with circles, or that circles are an ancient astronomical calendar that determined the position of the Sun. A great contribution to the study of mysterious circles and mounds was made by the Polish archaeologist Jozef Kostrzewski - gold pendants, beads, remains of clothing, bronze buckles, knives, fragments of ceramic vessels of the Roman period and other artifacts were found in the graves. Based on archaeological excavations, scientists suggested that the ritual of the Goths burial consisted in burning the bodies of the dead, in addition, he drew attention to the fact that the women's graves were much wealthier for men, which suggested the existence of matriarchy. This place is spoken of as one of the most mysterious and mystical places on the planet - many eyewitnesses claim to have witnessed supernatural phenomena occurring here. During the Second World War, secret investigations were carried out by the German invaders on the territory of the Stone Circle reserve, which did not become public. Currently, the reserve is not only an archaeological and historical monument, but also one of the most popular attractions in the country. A small museum has been opened in the village of Odra, where you can see archaeological finds and learn the history of the Goth tribe.

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