A prehistoric stone monument, known as Rujm al-Hiri ("stone heap of the wild cat"), as a paraglider surfs above, July 24, 2014.
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Driving past it, one of the most mysterious structures in the Middle East is easy to miss. The prehistoric stone monument went unnoticed for centuries in a bare expanse of field on the Golan Heights. Known as Rujm al-Hiri (the "stone heap of the wild cat"), the complex has five concentric circles, the largest more than 152 meters wide, and a massive burial chamber in the middle. Unlike the more famous monument built with about 100 huge stones topped by lintels, the Golan structure is made of piles of thousands of smaller basalt rocks that together weigh over 40,000 tons.Scholars generally agree that construction started as early as 3,500 B.C. and other parts may have been added to over the next two thousand years.
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