Watch Out for These False Rock Walls

Gösta Lindwall, July 20, 2020

If you are like us and are interested in ancient mysteries, you probably have an eye for anomalous objects and old megalithic structures.

Ancient stone buildings are still standing as a legacy of a forgotten ancient civilisation.

Many megalithic sites consist of standing stones found in the landscape, erected by stone age cultures as part of a celestial calendar or grave monument. Others appear to be much more advanced, with stones quarried, transported, and fitted into massive wall constructions.

There are examples of giant rock formations that may appear to be human-made, like the Gornaya Shoria megaliths in Russia, but are they?

How can you tell if megalithic structures were created by giants or an advanced ancient civilization, or if they are a natural geological phenomenon?

One of the most interesting and spectacular formations of free standing, stapled exposed rock, are natural formations called tor formations. These formations commonly consist of a mass of jointed and broken blocks of rock.

These formations are the result of fractured stone rocks being exposed to prolonged freeze and thaw weathering, or groundwater weathering.

It's common for massive rocks to contain horizontal fractures running in layers. Original mineral structures with a variation of composition can have layers of softer mineral structures. When exposed to long periods of water erosion, these softer zones get eroded, leaving horizontal fractions in the rock.

The pressure of stone layers on top of each other leads to vertical cracks. This process will in many cases create horizontal blocks in the rock.

As time proceeds, squared blocks can be formed. When exposed to spherical weathering this leaves rounded blocks stacked on top of eachother, much like an old wall construction.

When aware of this phenomenon, the conscious observer can identify stages in this process to identify a tor formation.

If a flat wall surface is exposed, the tor formation often has a deeper thickness.

A human-made wall nearly always has horizontal stones layered with an offset, resulting in broken vertical lines, as can be seen in brick buildings.

A tor formation, however, has unbroken, straight vertical lines crossing the horizontal lines.

Some rocks in a tor formation can look like if they were glued together, or moulded with the gap ending half way between two stones. The stones in the lower layers usually have softer stones and minerals filling the gaps.

A man-made wall often features some kind of architectural details, like shelves for supporting wall timber, nisches, openings and portals.

By knowing about the geological process at work, you will in most cases be able to distinguish a wall construction from a tor formation, also when relying on evidence in the form of photographic footage.

The following illustration shows two rock walls, A and B. A is a tor formation made by nature, and B is a man-made wall.

Natural tor formation compared to wall made by humans

Natural tor formation (A) compared to wall made by humans (B)

Part A shows the tor formation process in three steps. Step three shows what looks like a man-made wall of an ancient building.

Part B shows a similar wall construction that is made by man. Compare the alignment of the stones, and notice how the patterns differ, as described above.

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