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Megaliths of Montana: Man-made structures of giants or a quirk of nature?

It is generally believed that there are no megaliths (structures made of huge blocks of stone), dolmens (stone structures with a “roof”), and other stone formations akin to “Stonehenges” in North America, largely due to the notion that the first inhabitants arrived on this continent much later than on other landmasses.

However, a relatively recent archaeological revelation has emerged: structures constructed from substantial boulders, bearing a suspicious resemblance to dolmens, were unearthed in Montana.

While it’s possible that these stones were known to local Indian tribes for centuries, they were officially discovered by spouses Bill and Julie Ryder in 1998.

The world at large only became aware of them in 2011 when the Ryders published their initial study. This site is situated 60 miles from Helena within the Helena National Forest.

Today, Julie Ryder guides groups of tourists to these sites and continues to investigate these megaliths, paying little heed to the critiques and skepticism.

Among Montana’s megaliths, one of the most striking features is a segment resembling a “wall” comprised of massive stone blocks. This closely resembles the blocks found in so-called Cyclopean structures seen in locations like Baalbek, Alatri (Italy), Sacsayhuaman (Peru), and others.

According to the Ryders, there exist a total of 111 human-made stone structures within the Helena Forest, including 47 dolmens. They have bestowed these structures with evocative names such as “Giants’ Playground,” “Mountain Gate,” “Dragon Temple,” “Cloud Catcher,” and so forth.

However, to an external observer, most of what they classify as megaliths and dolmens may appear to be unconventional rock formations, and only about a dozen structures can confidently be identified as resembling man-made constructions.

This is why the Ryders’ discovery swiftly drew the scrutiny of critics, who dismissed the “Montana megaliths” as nothing more than curious quirks of nature, perhaps even a natural stone wall.

The Ryders’ assertion that these megaliths were constructed using “super-advanced technologies of the ancients,” involving torsion fields, scalar waves, and “devices akin to Tesla,” also contributed to the skepticism.

Indeed, it is quite challenging to envision how ancient peoples with primitive technologies could have erected such colossal blocks. Many of Montana’s megaliths are several times taller than an average person and extraordinarily weighty.

The most impressive and tallest of Montana’s megaliths.

Certain megaliths exhibit peculiar indentations, enclosures, or raised rounded “dots,” along with certain images that the Ryders identify as Native American petroglyphs. Determining whether these features are natural formations or man-made remains a challenge.

Skeptics posit that these “dolmens” may have formed when massive stone blocks tumbled from a high point and stacked atop one another, occasionally resulting in structures that resembled dolmens.

As for the aforementioned “wall,” skeptics contend that it was once simply an immense stone block that fractured symmetrically.

In essence, these formations could either be entirely natural or potentially defy conventional historical accounts, which is why they remain unexplored by mainstream scientists.

It’s worth noting that some North American Indigenous tribes have folklore tales and legends about a race of giants who purportedly dwelled in their vicinity long ago. Such giants would have found it much easier to handle blocks of this scale than humans.

Researcher Andrew Barker announced: “We have undertaken an extensive deep scanning project and already it has shown huge amounts of data on the history of this area.

“Now some of the Megalithic structures speak for themselves, others are a question of visual interpretation. But it is the combination of science, native myths and legends, glyphs, massive research and unquestionable images that lead to initial conclusions.

“Now we only know a fraction of the macro picture; but that is enough to understand the sites importance. The archaeologists will need many decades to formulate the micro picture. We must expect with a site of this scale that this could last into the next century.”


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