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A prehistoric countryside backdrop created by standing stones placed in a circular pattern, some stones placed in a linear arrangement, and probable burial places are spread out in the Syrian desolate dry wastelands claims a Royal Ontario Museum archaeologist. He went on ahead to call the unexplained and puzzling stone formations in the Syrian Desert as "Syria's Stonehenge“ after the English prehistoric monument Stonehenge at Wiltshire.

"These enigmatic arrangements are not especially imposing, they are not megaliths or anything like that, but they are very intriguing and clearly deliberately aligned," Robert Mason, the archaeologist at Canada's Royal Ontario Museum claimed to the Discovery News.

They were exposed in 2009 in the vicinity of the Deir Mar Musa , a monk’s residence belonging to Saint Moses the Abyssinian. This is nearly 50 miles to the North of Damascus. Due to the Middle Eastern nations in turmoil the archaeologists are unable to dig their way into these bizarre faceted rocks in the area to unravel the mystery.

The splinter remains of stone tools speckled all around in the vicinity have been analyzed and indicate the stone creations go back to roughly 6000 – 10,000 years ago that is the Early Bronze Age – or the Neolithic period . Mason feels that the display of the stones is a picturesque stand out in the barren scenery.

"There is nothing that seems to exhibit evidence of occupation - no houses or occupation at all. This is unusual for the Neolithic in that typically people lived where they buried their dead and worshiped," Mason further said.

The only evidence of construction in the region is the monastery erected late in the 4th and early 5th century. It is adorned with painted altarpieces of 11th & 12th centuries portraying Judgment Day and Christian scenes. He was searching for Roman Watchtowers when he stumbled across the stones. "The centre of the complex that I found is a natural rock formation that had been the site of quarrying for chert," Mason said.

"As such it may reflect the development of the concept of a 'land of the dead' distinct from a 'land of the living' which has been hypothesized for Neolithic ritual sites in Europe. However it may also reflect a seasonal population that left very limited occupation evidence," he added.

Mason suspects that the monks' residence was a Roman watchtower in the beginning that was to some extent shattered by an earthquake and after that it was reconstructed.