Russia: Dolmens, Seids / Labyrinths of Solovki

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The designation of labyrinths is not clear yet, dating is disputed, but no one denies the generality of Solovki stone labyrinths with other images of the same sign known in the world. The sacred sense of labyrinths lies in the depth of human history. Legends and references about labyrinths speak about the use of these strange symbols in the earliest rites and rituals. The labyrinth in Russia is more widely spread in the White Sea region and in Dagestan. White Sea labyrinths which appeared in the scientific lexicon under the name “Lapland (kola) labyrinth” in 1877 are popular in Russia today. The expression northern labyrinths has become widely accepted. Northern labyrinths are images of spirals, made of small boulder stones on the surface of the ground. Sizes of the labyrinths are different: from 0.9 m to 25.4 ? in diameter, not more than 50 cm high. Dagestan labyrinths, often were used as ornament in architecture of Dagestan and appeared in the scientific lexicon only lately. The most remarkable among the northern labyrinths are the Solovki Labyrinths. They are the largest in the world. Consisting of 35 known labyrinths, with more than a thousand stone piles and often with symbolic boulder constructions. The Solovki group of Labyrinths is scattered all over the archipelago on a territory of more than 320 km. A substantial number are concentrated on the Big Zayatsky Island, located on the south-west of archipelago. The area of this island is only 1.5 km. The majority of boulder constructions of the Solovki archipelago, 13 labyrinths, more than 850 boulder mounds and tens of other not so identifiable constructions are located in a concentrated area of the Big Zayatsky Island. Usualyy labyrinths are spread more often on islands than on the continent.