Archaeologists working in Saudi Arabia and Jordan have unearthed what they believe may be ancient blueprints. Surprisingly, the age of these finds is about 8,000 years.
According to Live Science, we are talking about objects that, in general, have been known to science for quite some time. They were first discovered about 100 years ago. They are huge structures visible only from the air. In recent years, such objects have received a classification, but in general, scientists call them “comets.”
Their exact purpose has yet to be established, but a popular theory is that these structures were giant traps set by ancient hunters. However, in a new study, an international team of archaeologists has described recently discovered rock art dating back some 8,000 years in the Arabian Peninsula. The lines and stars cover, among other things, the megaliths, which are the components of “comets”.
In particular, mysterious patterns have been found in rocks in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Analysis of these drawings led the researchers to an unexpected conclusion: it was assumed that the cave paintings were actually ancient drawings, according to which hunters built their “mega-traps”. Keep in mind that these traps sometimes reach several kilometers in length.
The authors of the new study performed mathematical calculations to compare the “patterns” etched into the rocks with the shape and size of “kites” known to science. In particular, a limestone monolith found by archaeologists in the city of Jibal al-Khashabiya, in Jordan, was analyzed. This stone, 80 centimeters high, scientists say, served as a good canvas for prehistoric peoples. They sculpted long lines on its surface, similar to “comets”. This trap was surmounted by an enclosure in the shape of an eight-pointed star, into which the hunters probably drove the animals. It turned out that the “comet” depicted on the stone is located nearby.
The second confirmation of the hypothesis about the drawings was a stone found in the town of Wadi al-Zilliyat, in Saudi Arabia. This is a sandstone rock, approximately two by four meters in size. On its surface, scientists found drawings of two well-known “comets” at once. At the same time, the drawings themselves, as the researchers note, are made using a different technique than in Jordan.
However, what makes both the drawings and the traps similar is that in all the diagrams the feathers are represented in the form of stars, however, with a different number of rays. By the way, at the end of each such beam, a trap was dug, where the animals probably fell during the hunt. Also, “comets” are very difficult to date because they are composed of rocks and pits and usually do not contain organic material that can be dated by radiocarbon. However, scientists managed to determine the age of the drawings from the organic remains found with them. The full version of the study can be found in the journal PLOS One.