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Supporters of an Astronomical purpose for the standing stones point to Armenia's long history of stargazing, ancestral Armenians using a number of devices to chart the night sky, including at least one other ancient observatory found in Armenia recently; at the 5th Millennium Metsamor settlement.
It is believed that the division of the sky into constellations was made thousands of years ago in the Armenian Highland. According to the English astronomer and historian W. T. Olcott, the only place where all the animals depicted in the Zodiac were located together was prehistoric Armenia. Recently, researchers have posited the source for the Indo European language to the Armenian plateau, with dispersion of the language into Asia, the Balkans, the Greek mainland and Europe. The roots of most European languages (along with the Zodiac) are traced to this dispersion.