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Qarahunge (Zorats Karer)

Qarahunge is a prehistoric archaeological site near the town of Sisian in the Syunik Province of Armenia. It is also often referred to in international tourist lore as the “Armenian Stonehenge”. Armenian historian Stepanos Orbelian, in his book History of Syunic (I-XII centuries) mentions that in the Tsluk (Yevalakh) region of Armenia, near the town Syunic or Sisian, was a village called Carunge, which means “stone treasure” or “foundation stones” in Armenian. The name Qarahunge is interpreted as deriving from two Armenian words: car (or kar) (Armenian: քար), meaning stone, and hunge or hoonch (Armenian: հունչ), meaning sound. Thus the name Qarahunge means “speaking stones”. This interpretation is related to the fact that the stones make whistling sounds on a windy day, presumably because of multiple reach-through holes bored into the stones at different angles in prehistoric times.