The prehistoric stone monument of Rujm el-Hiri or Gilgal Refaim is one of Israel’s most mysterious sites. It went unnoticed for centuries in the Golan Heights.
Archaeologists have dated it to 5,000 years old – making it roughly the same age as Stonehenge in Wiltshire – but they still don’t know who built it, or why. Theories include an ancient calendar, or a burial site in which dead bodies were placed on top of stone mounds to be picked apart by vultures.
Names: Rujm el-Hiri , رجم الهري, Rujm al-Hīrī, גִּלְגַּל רְפָאִים Gilgal Refā’īm or Rogem Hiri