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Saro’s Megaliths

Мегалиты СароSaro’s Megaliths it is less known village in Aspindza Municipality of Samtskhe-Dzhavakheti. Here you will see many footprints of cyclopean. Megalith constructions evidenced that in the past it was playing the main role in cultural and political life of the region.

Saro’s megalith are actual up to date due the scale of creations made from them. Total area where prints of cyclopean construction observed covers several thousandth of square km. It is divided to three parts: “lower fortress”, “upper fortress” and “new fortress”.

Below we will discuss the three parts but firstly let’s find out the date. As the most megalithic construction this complex is related to Bronze Era. Dated probably IV-III thousandth AC. It is unknown to us when was heyday and decadence but archeological excavation point out that Мегалиты Сароsaturate life is dated up to middle feudal era.

“Lower Fortress” leading the road from Archangel church, turn to the left and pass through cliff. Only the walls of the fortress are preserved to us blocked with huge rocks. Height not exceed 2-3m. Archeological excavations in this part of walled complex was conducted at the beginning of 90ies of XX century. As a result was observed footprints of many halls as well as agriculture and grocery. “Lower fortress” was the place of residence of craftsman and plebian.

“Upper fortress” is very interesting. And is located on the uplifted place in the very center of the complex not far from Archangel church. Here is visible footprints of big and main construction. Considering the location it is possible to think that it was some kind of sanctuary. In the paganism cities temples of worship are located exactly in this place, in the very high points. “Upper” one is connected with “Lower fortress by terraces.

“New Fortress” – locals called it as well as “tower”. You can get through only form the east side from “Upper Fortress”. Everything is ruined here, but fragments of ancient cellar are well preserved. Footprints of constructions and caves are observed in the lower part of the “new fortress” too. It is difficult to say walls were ruined due to earthquake or it was designed this way. The most interesting artefact which were found in this part is a great round stone, with preserved writing dated by XII century. King Demetre the first (1125-1156), son and heritor of David the Builder are mentioned on it.

Saro’s Megaliths

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