Archaeological monument Tuimsky cromlech (also Tuim ring) is located on a rocky spur on the 8th kilometer of the road connecting the villages of Shira and Tuim, almost in its middle, to the left of the road on a low hill before a sharp turn.
Tuim-ring is a burial cult monument of the Okunev culture (II millennium BC). There are 4 large stones (menhirs) installed on a flat area quite close to the road and oriented according to the parts of the world. The corner menhirs are interconnected by smaller stones, forming a square, the diagonals of which are also lined with stones. A circle of 84 meters in diameter is laid out around the square of stones. Inside the structure, there are slab graves of a woman, presumably a priestess, and two children discovered and examined by archaeologists in the 1970s. From the female burial to the east, there is a symbolic path marked with several small stones. The circular fence (cromlech) of the Tuim ring is similar to the cromlechs from the monuments found in France, Southern Scandinavia and Northern Germany. Tuim-ring is often compared even with the English Stonehenge, although it is inferior to the latter in size.
It is argued that the Tuim-ring was not only a place of worship, but was also used as an ancient observatory. The researchers come to this conclusion based on the orientation of the corner stones of the Tuim ring according to the parts of the world.
Unfortunately, during the construction of the road, the old masonry was destroyed. However, the local residents carefully restored the cromlech and now you can see its modern version. But the spirit and energy of the old place remained. This place is striking in its mystery.
You can learn more about the history of the Tuim-Ring monument at the Shira Museum of Local Lore.