Romania is home to a series of ancient sites known as the “Dacian Fortresses of the Orăștie Mountains.” Chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999, six fortresses make up the site: Sarmizegetusa Regia, Costeşti-Cetăţuie, Costeşti-Blidaru, Piatra Roşie, Bănița and Căpâlna.
Hidden away in the Western Carpathians, they are estimated to have been built somewhere between the 3rd and 2nd centuries B.C.
The extensive and well-preserved remnants left behind reveal a sophisticated ancient civilization. At these sites can be seen stone circles and mortarless walls made of limestone and andesite blocks that were transported from several miles away.
The most well-known of the Dacian Fortresses “Sarmizegetusa Regia,” holds an enigmatic secret – what appears to be an ancient andesite solar disc. Crafted with ten sectors and a long protruding pointed arrow made of 16 stone blocks, there is evidence to suggest it was used for astronomical purposes.
Could it be possible that this solar disc is actually much older than the rest of the ruins seen here?