April 20, 2024



Stone Engravings of Mysterious Ancient Megastructures May Be World’s Oldest ‘Blueprints’

Scientific American

By Tom Metcalfe on 

Archaeologists have unearthed ancient stone engravings of vast animal traps in Jordan and Saudi Arabia that are possibly the earliest “blueprints” ever discovered.

The engravings, estimated to be about 7,000 to 8,000 years old, are precise plans for nearby structures archaeologists call “desert kites”—converging lines of piled stones that were probably used to drive wild herds of gazelles and antelopes into pits at their corners.

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