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article imageThousands of 'Nazca Lines' discovered in Middle East deserts

By Andrew Moran     Sep 19, 2011 in Science
What seems to be reminiscent of the famous Nazca Lines in Peru, scientists have discovered similar structures in the Middle East stretching from Syria to Saudi Arabia. They can only be viewed from the air and they appear to be wheels.
What will proponents of the Ancient Astronaut theory say about this latest discovery?
New research shows thousands of stone structures that resemble wheels across the Middle Eastern desert. These virtually unknown constructions have been labelled as the Middle Eastern version of the Nazca Lines that stretch from Syria all the way to Saudi Arabia, according to a news release from Live Science.
The mysterious geoglyphs were etched into the ground thousands of years ago by indigenous groups. They were found using aerial and satellite technology, which led to the conclusion that these wheels are older and more numerous than the structures in Peru that show a monkey, a spider and apparent air strips.
“In Jordan alone we've got stone-built structures that are far more numerous than (the) Nazca Lines, far more extensive in the area that they cover, and far older,” said professor of classics and ancient history at the University of Western Australia, David Kennedy, in a statement. “You can't not be fascinated by these things.”
Kennedy’s research will add insight into these stone landscapes. They were utilized for kites – used for funneling and murdering animals – walls and pendants – stone cairns that run from burials.
“Sometimes when you're actually there on the site you can make out something of a pattern but not very easily,” added Kennedy. “Whereas if you go up just a hundred feet or so it, for me, comes sharply into focus what the shape is.”
Further research will be conducted to learn more about these stone structures and their role in Middle Eastern history and culture.
The results will be published in the new issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science.
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