High-definition aerial images of huge stone circles in the Middle East have shed some light on these phenomena that have been confounding and intriguing scientists for years. According to Live Science, the 11 Big Circles, as scientists know them, were first discovered in Jordan in the 1920s. But up until recently, not much has been known about them because very little research has been done on their origins.
That changed recently when Jordanian archeologists made 11 high-definition images that suggest the Big Circles are at least 2,000 years old and possibly date to prehistoric times. Archaeologist David Kennedy of the Aerial Photographic Archive For Archaeology in the Middle East, who undertook the study, found a total of 12 circles in Jordan, Syria and southeastern Turkey, all with similar characteristics: made of rock, and about a meter in height.
According to Kennedy’s report, few of these circles have ever been explored on the ground and even fewer have been explored in any level of detail. “It has been rare for such reportage as exists to say much about their form, character, associations and date. Now, however, [this] has led to the photographing of 11 of those in Jordan,” Kennedy told the Washington Post. He feels the circles were not made by an as-of-yet undiscovered civilization, but are instead part of cultural practices that have not been explained yet. “These are not natural things,” he said. “Occasionally we have found artifacts nearby . . . They can’t just be a coincidence. There’s some purpose behind it. But we can’t figure out what it is.”
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