In 2011, in the heart of the state of Montana, near Helena, several people exploring the surrounding forests began bringing to light a vast network of dolmens and fascinating megalithic structures that they were coming across, some of which align to solstices and equinoxes, hold alignments with other ancient sacred sites around the world, appear to have acoustic features, and many of which bear similarities to ancient megalithic structures on various continents around the world.
Some of the rock art found in the area depicts pictographs and glyphs of an ancient pre-sanskrit writing system that has been found in other ancient sites around the world. This writing system is hypothesized by artifact researchers such as Klaus Dona to be an ancient global language. Information about the pictographs found in Montana and their correlation to other ancient sites can be found here.Julie Ryder and her husband Bill have been at the forefront of uncovering, exploring, and documenting these sites. On Julie’s website, Galactic Facets, you can find a myriad of information and photos of these places. Much of the information and photos to follow in this article are made available thanks to their work in sharing their discoveries.
In one interview, Julie explained that she was first drawn to explore the area after attending annual ceremonies and staying in the home of the Navajo elder Leon Secatero, who spoke of and interpreted the petroglyphs and pictographs at a site called Shaman Rock in Montana, which got her interested in the subject.
She also shared that Leon Secatero hosted the Indigenous Conference in New Mexico in 1998, and shared that though the cultures of the different tribes vary, they shared many similar legends, expressions, art, ceremonies, and beliefs, stemming from what appears to be a shared past, and that many of these tribes have legends of an ancient global civilization that was scattered and mostly wiped out by a series of cataclysms, and that remnants of that civilization can still be seen today scattered across the earth.
Despite being a registered nurse by profession, she felt inspired to intuitively explore the surrounding wilderness, and was amazed at all the things she could find “in her own backyard” in Montana, which is what brought her to document her findings and learn more about dolmens and ancient megalithic structures around the world. Friends and acquaintances joined her and Bill in their explorations.
There are several different sites in the vicinity (all within 60 miles of the state capital Helena), some of which feature specific dolmens (14 have been officially discovered so far), some of which feature megalithic caves and walls, some of which feature rock art, and more. These sites were erected over gold mines (similarly to some other ancient sites in South Africa and Indonesia for instance). Six of the dolmens and two of the megalithic sites align on a ley line that passes through the area.
There appears to be plenty more megalithic remnants to be uncovered as these areas are still in the very early states of the process of being explored.
Ley Lines and the Montana-Earth Grid Corridor ConnectionDolmens and megalithic structures in general are believed to be some of the oldest remnants of an ancient culture that once inhabited the Earth. These stone structures, though worn down, morphed, and “beaten” (sometimes beyond recognition) with age and various cataclysms and / or nature’s cycles, are one of the few surviving remnants of this ancient past, and can be found all around the world today.
The location of sacred sites, megaliths, and dolmens is typically of significance, and these structures are usually found upon ley lines and in alignment with star clusters, the Milky Way, as well as phases of the sun and moon.
Many of these sites and shrines are also built on mountain peaks (such as for instance the case with the Kokino site and its satelite mountain-top shrines in Macedonia), and / or are oriented to a mountain (more on this later).
The megalithic structures uncovered around Helena, Montana, share all the above characteristics with these same types of ancient structures world-wide.
There are six major Montana dolmen sites gracing the mountain tops, all on the Montana ley line grid, which is a vertical grid that stretches from Canada to Arizona (based on the Becker-Hagen Planetary Grid System). Two additional dolmen sites, not on the ley line, complete the formation of the letter T.
Some of the dolmens in the vicinity are impressive in stature and features. Others are simpler single dolmen sites and menhirs, seemingly there to mark a spot.The Pipestone Dolmen, which was discovered in 2012 in the vicinity of Ringing Rocks (more on that site later) is positioned on the latitude line connecting Ankgor Wat in Cambodia and Nazca in Peru, and which converges with the earth grid corridor (a line that circles the world and passes some of the most significant ancient sites of the world).
In the video clip below Julie explains the alignments of the Montana structures to these other sacred sites around the world (just until the 1:07 mark):
Alignment to Summer SolsticesTizer Dolmen was discovered in the area by Richard Krott, from Tizer Garden. It is by far one of the most unique and intriguing dolmens on site.
It features two tall vertical stone “pillars”, set at 90 degree angles, and lined with pink granite, and topped with a capstone.The dolmen’s stature is quite impressive as it stands 28 feet from the current ground level (the tallest stone at England’s Stonehenge is about 30 feet tall, for comparison).
Tizer Dolmen faces directly south, and exactly at noon on Summer Solstice day the sun shines between the two pillars of the dolmen, aligning the other rock structures on a mountain peak behind the dolmen.
The Tizer dolmen features a rounded supporting base of interlocking stones (which apparently could have enabled the dolmen to be rotated into alignment).
Terry also noted that the capstone is contoured to fit the upright stones using fitted joinery / an interlocking mechanism, “much like log home construction where a gouge tool is used.”
Possible Alignment to Winter SolsticeThere is also a set of three giant standing stones near the Giant’s Playground megaliths (more on this area in the next section) that Julie believes are winter solstice-aligned, however she is awaiting the next winter solstice to confirm her hypothesis. She named the megaliths Amber’s Compass. An aerial photo reveals that the site used to be a circle. From the aerial photo it became evident that the stones are oriented in a southeast alignment, and she shared the following:
Freddy Silva states, “Temples oriented to the southeast tend to be precisely aligned to the first emerging rays of the Winter Solstice, the moment during the solar year when light begins to overcome the dark.”
Tony Silva, Common Wealth 2010, Page 223
She suspected the winter solstice alignment based on the observation of some shadows being cast by the menhirs, which appear to be split in half vertically, like a sun dial, onto a stone circle with a cross sectional cutting in the center at sunset in the winter time, which is what tipped her off to the potential winter solstice connection of the site in the first place.
Two of the menhirs appear to have fallen over, so alignments will be more difficult to asses, but there still appears to be a relationship between the three menhirs and central stone’s placement.
There have been suggestions that the circle’s stone placements might be related to Orion’s belt. Julie pointed out that not all ancient sites hold solar or stellar alignments, so whether this site indeed aligns to the winter solstice is yet to be seen. Though the signs appear to be promising.
Giant’s Playground“Giant’s Playground” is another megalithic site discovery in the area, located on the oldest exposed North American land. This site was found in 2015 and it too aligns on the ley line grid stretching from Butte and Helena, aligning with other dolmens in the vicinity.
Three hills in this area are topped with megaliths and align to one another. This perfect alignment of the stone wall-like hill top structures can be seen from the Evergreen Dolmen (the largest one of the three). Many of the stone structures here are also interestingly lined with a layer of pink granite.One of the structures on site is “Castle Arcadion” — a massive solid stone structure that contains an internal passageway and a 90 degree perpendicular hallway, as well as 90-degree cut outer corners on the south-facing wall of the “castle”.
A massive stripped granite block totally different to the rest of the structure blocks the back of one of the passageway (indicating intelligent design, as one of the qualifications for dolmens or megalithic structures is the presence of a stone completely different to the others, as that is considered an unnatural occurrence). There also is a cut window on the south side of the structure, allowing light to stream through.Another interesting feature of this “castle” is the presence of three distinct vertical seams on the south wall of the structure, which are somewhat reminiscent of the stone wall of Ollantaytambo in Peru.
Across a stream from this castle, new megalithic structures have been discovered, also featuring massive straight cut stones. The straight cuts apparently feature no actual cut marks or tool marks.
A north-south straight cut giant corridor is also present in several parts of Giant’s Playground.Another interesting similarity of Giant’s Playground’s construction is the joinery of stone walls, which is incredibly reminiscent of masonry techniques used in some of the most ancient known sacred sites all over the world, such as in Peru, Egypt, and so on. The technique uses no binding substance. The stones are cut into seemingly random shapes, yet are fitted perfectly together like a puzzle — an architecture technique that enabled many of these stone structures to stand erect for many thousands of years.
Below is another interesting similarity to South American ancient stone structures that Julie highlighted on her site:
Amidst the many stone structures of Giant’s Playground there appears to be a fallen over throne structure. The presence of a stone throne would be reminiscent of other ancient structures around the world, such as the Kokino observatory for instance.
Alignment to Equinoxes
Giant’s Playground contains some interesting carved rock art and statues. One of these statues appears to be the shape of a mummy or robot. It was indeed nicknamed “robot man” or “robotic watcher”. The interesting thing is that at the spring equinox the statue faces the sunrise precisely, with the sun illuminating a portion of the statue’s face (the inset left eye).
Another interesting statue in this area is one of a “birdman”, which was nicknamed after the Egyptian Bennu bird. Bennu in Egyptian mythology is a symbol of a phoenix bird, despite bearing the appearance of a heron. The word Benu derives from the words “rise” or “shine”, and it is a symbol of the rising and the setting sun. This statue is made from a completely different stone type than the surrounding granite stone.
Other statues and carvings resembling birds can be found on site.
Alignments to Mountains
Julie has a quote on her website from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, who studied the orientation of 81 European dolmens and concluded that: “As it can be easily seen, the dolmens’ axes are oriented predominantly to some hill or peak lying at some distance.”
This definitely seems to be the case for at least some of the Montana dolmens. A pyramid mountain peak is in view of the Boulder Dolmen for instance, the center of the dolmen’s entrance aligning with the shape of the mountain. It also happens to be remarkably similar to an Australian dolmen at Girraween Park in Queensland.
The Whale Dolmen, featuring a T-shaped chamber on the inside, is another example of a dolmen that aligns with the pyramid shaped mountain.
In total there are seven dolmens discovered in this area so far, all oriented towards the peak of a mountain at a distance.
Another one of these dolmens is the Mushroom House Dolmen — a structure so aged that only the lintel and a hint of its pillars are visible above ground level today. This dolmen aligns to the pyramid-shaped Weathermaker Mountain. Julie created a little push pin map of dolmens they’ve discovered so far that align to this mountain:
It is hypothesized that the energy fields (or an energy vortex) in some places at these megalithic sites in Montana affect the surrounding nature. Tree branches and trunks in the area appear to grow in a consistent spiraling pattern around Tizer Dolmen for instance. And there are also trees growing in the shape of a musical tuner or pitchfork.
AcousticsSome of the dolmen structures appear to have acoustic properties. Tizer Dolmen for instance features what seems like an acoustic chamber with three knobs on its exterior that appear to be in the shape of Orion’s belt.
Enigmatically, what appears to be this same “sonic knobs” arrangement in an Orion’s belt pattern on a musical rock has also been uncovered in the ancient site at the Preseli mountains megalithic sites in Wales. You can see it in figure 5 of the acoustic map featured here.
According to Julie Ryder,
“The sound of a human voice toning into the three sonic knobs of the Tizer Acoustic Chamber vibrated through the Tizer Dolmen. At one specific place on the rock covered hillside between the dolmen and the acoustic chamber a female voice rang out bouncing off a specific mountain and returned to where I was standing.”
She described a sound experiment whereby one person climbed inside the Tizer acoustic chamber and projected his voice at the knobs in different frequencies. Others were standing outside the chamber and did not hear anything physically, but could collectively feel vibrations through their bodies depending on the sound produced.
Another site in the vicinity is called Ringing Rocks, and it is a massive pile of large stones that produce a harmonic scale when struck with a hammer. The structure is shaped in a convex shape, and music played upon the stones reverberates the sound throughout the valley below.
Below is a video of the ringing rocks. You have to know where to strike to make it sound good, of course…
Dating of Montana Megaliths
Dating the sites proves to be difficult without further scientific research. Judging by the way the earth built up around some of these megaliths and dolmens, leaving only the top visible, one can see with the naked eye that the sites are indeed quite old. Julie won’t comment on the site’s age, deferring the duty of dating to the experts instead.
However, it is known that even as late as the early nineteen hundreds reports were still regularly surfacing up of finds in the area of human history far older than commonly believed. In their book Forbidden Archaeology, researchers Michael Cremo and Richard L. Thompson cite abundant examples of human remains and ancient artifacts discovered and reported throughout the USA dating tens of millions to hundreds of millions years back (one dating as far back as 600 million years). These ancient finds point to North America having been inhabited by many now unknown to us civilizations in the ancient past, strongly challenging the established historic narrative of human history in the Americas.
In July 1903, The Washington Post reported that Professor Marcus S. Farr from Princeton University discovered a stone age city in an area described as “Fish Creek County” in Big Timber, Montana, while searching for dinosaur fossils. In an organized expedition, professor Farr reported to have discovered there the remains of a giant 9-feet tall male and a slightly shorter skeleton believed to be of a female, as well as the remains of giant animals, and crude instruments ornamented with gems. Could this city have been a similar type of place to the kind that Julie is currently exploring? Or something even more intact?
One of the most intriguing things about these Montana megaliths is that unlike many similar sites around the world, these megaliths do not appear to have been built upon, and consequently altered, by other cultures. However, reflecting on the “disappearance from public memory” of the reported discovery by a Princeton professor of that stone age city filled with curious artifacts, another question that arises is: could these sites have been “discovered” already (in the early nineteen hundreds for instance) and had artifacts or vital clues removed? Could the giant stones be the only thing remaining because they simply could not be moved? Julie Ryder mentions in her interview that there is evidence of elements that have been clearly removed from the scene (plaques on some of the statues and megaliths) — though when and by whom is completely unknown.
That’s part of the wonder of megalithic structures — despite the passage of time, the stones remain to tell a tale of their own.
Montana’s dolmens and megaliths near Helena are only in the process of being explored, and there is much that is unknown and not yet uncovered and confirmed about these sites. Prominent researches in the field of archaeoastronomy have reportedly taken an interest in the site already.
Julie mentioned in an interview that she hopes that by continuing to document these finds online others will come forward and complete pieces of the puzzle, share their own discoveries, and collectively a fuller picture of these structures can emerge. She shared that several professional teams are becoming involved, which will hopefully shed more light on the origins of the site.
For more details and photos, you can visit Julie’s website Galactic Facets.
Writing and research by Jenny Resnick. Site suggestion submitted by Vida Norris. Photography copyright Julie and Bill Ryder (re-posted with permission)
Galactic Facets: Megaliths in Montana
Earth Energy Grid
Ancient sites aligning to earth corridor
Phoenix and Bennu Bird of Ancient Egypt
Interview with Julie Ryder
Klaus Dona’s research work of ancient artifacts
The Spiritual Meaning of the Winter Solstice
The Spiritual Meaning of the Summer Solstice
The Spiritual Meaning of Spring Equinox
Ancient Sacred Sites Aligned to Winter Solstice
Indonesian Ancient Sites and Gold Mines
Ancient Sites and Gold Mines in South Africa
Nazca Lines in Peru
Angkor Wat in Cambodia
Forbidden Archaeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race, by Michael A. Cremo and Richard L. Thompson, published by Bhaktivedanta Book Publishing, Inc. (Audiobook version).
The Washington Post, July 1903, Report of Stone Age City Finding
Wikipedia: The Stone Age