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Rujm el-Hirri: The Stonehenge of Syria

Rujm el-Hirri: The Stonehenge of Syria

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By Hwaa Irfan

There are thousands of sacred sites that remain away from the global glance, but have been explored. One such site is that of Rujm el-Hirri/Hiri that sits on the disputed lands of the Golan Heights (هضبة الجولان‎ Haḍbatu ‘l-Jawlān) in Syria. Occupied by Israel since the 1967 Six-Day War, the remaining relatives live unable to commmunicate, and even homes split between Israel and Syria as a result of an occupation that has reduced a population of 130,000–145,000 leaving 7,000 remaining in the six remaining villages on Israeli held territory, due to a promise made that constituted the British Palestine Mandate in favor of  the establishment of a Jewish national home on foreign land ragardless of the factual history, and  the native population. However Rujm el-Hirri remained, which was part of 1st century Palestine from 259BC – 227BC along with:

  • Bethlehem (Jud) 123-170
  • Bethlehem (L. Gal) 237-167
  • City Of Judah 126-162
  • Damascus 323-273
  • Gaza 101-101
  • Gilead 209-244
  • Jacob’s Well 180-178
  • Jericho 140-192
  • Jerusalem 131-172
  • Judah, City Of 126-162
  • Nazareth 233-180
  • Qumran 127-193

Now one of 83 territoril disputes between Syria and Israel, Rujm رجم‎,  is a common name in the region with 270 sites in Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and the West Bank.  Rujm is an Arabic name that refers to a cairn, mound, hill, and tumulus. Known as Gilgal Refā’īm in modern Hebrew, today it is a semblance of its 3,000 year old past, an ancient megalithic monument of concentric circles of 42,000 stones of basalt rock, that also has a tumulus at its center.

What is Rujm el-Hirri?

The last information dates the Rujm el-Hiri to the Chalcolithic period, which is betwen 4,500 – 3,500 B.C., predating the arrival of the Israelites (who are always re-writing history) according to Biblical account, by 3 millennia.  Not long after Israel occupied the Golan Heights, Israel sent in an infantry after which archaeological digs began. It was not until 1987 a group of scholars formed the Land of Geshur Archeological Project to evaluate a site that is between 3,000 -4,500 years old BCE.

Between 1988 – 1990, the most concentrated investigations were made, with current work under the auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The exploration of the late 80s used a Syrian map from which the name Rugm el-Hiri came, finding a Syrian triangulation post on top of the cairn.

Surrounded by hundreds of dolmens, Rujm el-Hirri differs from Stonehenge in that it has 2 meter high walls rather than standing stones, but less aligned with any celestia entity. Multiple rings surround a central mound  made up of black basalt stone from the volcanic plateau, five stone rings with an outer diameter of 150 meters in varying sizes weighing up to 5.5 tons. The rings circle a raised mound of 7 meters in height in which Bronze Age jewelry was found. They connect to each other via radial walls at irregular intervals dividing the circular area into segments/compartments semicircular in shape with the first wall 50 meters in diameter and 1.5 meters in width, the second almost a complete circle 90 meters in diameter, the third wall is a full circle, 110 in diameter, and 2.6 in width, and the fourth outer wall is 150 in diameter, and 3.2 meters in width.

The central mound is a tumulus – a tomb that is 65 feet in diameter, and 15 feet high forming an elaborate tomb. An entrance to the northeast of the outer circle leads to a passageway 20 feet long that aligns with the entrance to the tomb, that also aligns with the Midsummer Solstice. The axis of the tomb is also aligned with the Midsummer solstice.  It was discovered that a chief was buried there in 1300 BCE with bronze arrowheads and golden earrings. The body was placed in a semi-circular underground chamber inside a large dolmen. Another entrance lies to the southeast of the outer circle. The Midsummer Solstice sun rises between two of the eastern megaliths – the eastern side faces the sun.

Working for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Freikman’s recent study (2011-2012) reveals how typical Rujm el-Hirri is for the area, in fact there are several smaller such sites on the Golan Heights, and all centered around a a mounded tomb.

The Purpose of Rujm el-Hirri

Geobiologist, Richard Benishai who visited the site many times was told that Rujm el-Hirri was a place of healing and had a reputation for that so there were many pilgrims. The mineral waters there support good health. Expert on Rujm el-Hirri  Yonnathan Mizrachi of Tel-Aviv University referred to the site as a ritual center or a temple for the local populations.

The Sacred Geometry of Rujm el-Hirri

According to Benishai the large outer circle unites all the other circles by the divisive Pi/golden number 1.618, and this number traces both sides of each wall. Measuring the energy levels present within the site, Benishai found the following:

  • 500 kB = energy level in Bovis units (Basic Vibrations). Bovis units meaures invisible light particles. These low measures run concurrent with his findings for sites  with under-ground streams or vaults. Benishai discovered an underground current that flows from west – east that was 2.10 meters wide running at a depth of 33 meters. He also found a 6.70 meter fault 51 meters down. The energy level from the undergound stream was low at 4kB, but increased to   100kB as he approached a wall when he was 2 meters away. The stone, the number of stones, and the pattern the stones were built in are all      contributory factors  for increasing the energy level! This runs concurrent with Benishai’s findings with sacred buidlings in general i.e. “the water energy is negative outside….      and within the perimeter the polarity changes to positive…” In the case of Rujm el-Hirri, Benishai found on the eastern side that the energy level remained high, even far away from the wall e.g. 20 meters away, the energy level was 900Kb! Noticing a large antennae on a far away hill, Benishai found an area linked to that hill where the energy level was 1.1MB
  • UV Mag. = color vibration and phase (Color Wave Form). UV = ultra violet, which translates as high positice energy within the magnetic field which is beneficial to human health
  • Mental (25) = type of  world and level (Worlds Classification), which is the midpoint between the  physical world, and the world of the Divine.
  • 200 HLP = Relative level of energy (High Level Places), which is strong = relative indication of energy level.

Benishai found a small hole  in the middle of the tumulus at the center of the circles which provides access to inside the tumulus. He measured the energy level at 2MB – 4MB. There was one point in particular that had a higher energy level which arose from a chimney fluctuating with a 20 second pause inbetween each rise. He also found:

  • 6 MB = energy level in Bovis units (Basic Vibrations)
  • White Mag. = color  vibration and phase (Color Wave Form), which falls under a magnetic wavelength within the spiritual world, in this case the Divine (49) = type of world and level (Worlds Classification)
  • 2000 HLP = Relative level of energy (High Level Places) – Exceptional = relative indication of energy level.

The last few visits of Benishai met obstacles to his path!


Benishai, R. “Unlocking the mysteries of Rujm-El-Hiri.”

“Map of First Century Palestine”.

Rosenberg, S.G. “The Wheel of Giants.”


“Rujm ash Shaykh – Rukaragata.”

“Territorial disputes of Syria.”

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