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Ancient astronomical site in Dominican Republic likened to Stonehenge

By Catholic Online
December 1st, 2010
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Corral de Los Indios in the Dominican Republican has a lot in common with Stonehenge in England, the Ring of Brodgar in Scotland and the medicine wheels of the American West. All locations share the universal creation of circular stone ceremonial and astronomical sites.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Corral de Los Indios is one of the few pre-Columbian monuments that exist in the Dominican Republic. Located roughly 5 kilometers north of the City of San Juan de la Maguana, the formation is located in the center of the island of Santo Domingo. It is among the most important pre-Columbian monuments of the Antilles.

The corral is composed of a circular clearing some 235 meters diameter, with a 1.50 meter long gray stone with a face carved on one end in the center. Research on the site is spotty. It's reputed that the site originally had two rows of black stones forming two concentric circles around the center which were destroyed by an irrigation district manager or builder, for the hydraulic works in the Canal Juan de Herrera.

The site suffered further damages in 1918 when Americans during their invasion of the country laid the center stone upright. Between the years of 1960 and 1965, restoration work was done by Emil Moya Boyra, returning the center stone to its original condition where it remains today.

It is believed the site was a ceremonial place for the Caonabo and Anacaona Indians as well as an astronomical instrument. It is said that from the center rock astronomical phenomena could be observed and lined up with the outer rings of rock with great precision.

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