Did you know that thanks to space age technology we discovered an ancient and rather baffling mystery? It’s been a whole decade since amateur archeologist Dmitriy Dey discovered something deeply puzzling while he was browsing through Google Earth images of Kazakhstan.
He was watching a TV show about ancient pyramids built outside Egypt when he started to wonder if his home country might also be home to such ancient ruins. So, he started exploring the country with Google Maps.
His efforts were not in vain. He did find something; and it was ancient and it was most definitely mysterious and amazing. What Mr. Dey observed were the contours of giant intricate designs – now known as Steppe Geoglyphs – which resemble crop circles but are actually much larger.
These giant creations, which come in a variety of shapes including squares, rings and swastika shapes, are formed by man-made mounds, divots, trenches, and banks, with the largest said to be big enough to fit three football fields. Amazing, right?
After much hard work and observation, experts have thus far managed to identify 260 different shapes with the oldest shape estimated to be 8,000 years old.
But the main questions remain unanswered. Who made them and to what purpose?
The mere fact that the age of these formations predates civilized settlements in the area is baffling experts, who remain skeptical that Stone Age tribes that roamed the area at the time were capable of undertaking such a vast operation that would have required massive effort and organization.
“The idea that foragers could amass the numbers of people necessary to undertake large-scale projects—like creating the Kazakhstan geoglyphs—has caused archaeologists to deeply rethink the nature and timing of sophisticated large-scale human organization as one that predates settled and civilized societies,” Persis B. Clarkson, an archaeologist at the University of Winnipeg, told the New York Times.
The good news is that NASA has now joined the investigation that seeks to find relevant answers regarding the origin and purpose of these old earthbound formations.
The space agency has instructed astronauts on the International Space Station to start photographing the region, hoping that the high-resolution images could provide some clues that would bring us closer to understanding the phenomenon.
There are countless speculations as to the origin of these creations. Some think that these Steppe Geoglyphs are early Stone Age art creations, others believe they performed some practical function and had been used as ancient solar observatories.
There is also the theory that these designs were crafted by aliens or even the Nazis – because of the formation that resembles swastika – although it is worth mentioning that the swastika symbol had been used for thousands of years before Hitler adopted the symbol as the emblem of racial purity in the wake of WW2.
Now, with a robust NASA involvement, scientists and mystery enthusiasts are hopeful that the investigation will produce answers that would shed some light on Kazakhstan’s biggest secret.