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Visible Only From Above, Mystifying 'Nazca Lines' Discovered in Mideast
LiveScience ^ | 14 Sept 2011 | Owen Jarus

Posted on 09/14/2011 10:09:47 AM PDT by Palter

They stretch from Syria to Saudi Arabia, can be seen from the air but not the ground, and are virtually unknown to the public.

They are the Middle East's own version of the Nazca Lines — ancient "geolyphs," or drawings, that span deserts in southern Peru — and now, thanks to new satellite-mapping technologies, and an aerial photography program in Jordan, researchers are discovering more of them than ever before. They number well into the thousands.

Referred to by archaeologists as "wheels," these stone structures have a wide variety of designs, with a common one being a circle with spokes radiating inside. Researchers believe that they date back to antiquity, at least 2,000 years ago. They are often found on lava fields and range from 82 feet to 230 feet (25 meters to 70 meters) across. [See gallery of wheel structures]

"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 David Kennedy, a professor of classics and ancient history at the University of Western Australia.

Kennedy's new research, which will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science, reveals that these wheels form part of a variety of stone landscapes. These include kites (stone structures used for funnelling and killing animals); pendants (lines of stone cairns that run from burials); and walls, mysterious structures that meander across the landscape for up to several hundred feet and have no apparent practical use.

His team's studies are part of a long-term aerial reconnaissance project that is looking at archaeological sites across Jordan.

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: archaeoastronomy; epigraphyandlanguage; geoglyphs; godsgravesglyphs; megaliths; middleeast; nazca; nazcalines; orbitalarchaeology; satellitearchaeology; saudiarabia
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wheel stone structure in jordan

The giant stone structures form wheel shapes with spokes often radiating inside. Here a cluster of wheels in the Azraq Oasis.

CREDIT: David D. Boyer APAAME_20080925_DDB-0237


1 posted on 09/14/2011 10:09:55 AM PDT by Palter
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To: SunkenCiv

Michelin, ping.


2 posted on 09/14/2011 10:10:36 AM PDT by Palter (Even liberals need jobs.)
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To: Palter

Clan/Family compounds in a tribal village.


3 posted on 09/14/2011 10:12:22 AM PDT by null and void (Day 967 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: Palter

Farrakhan’s “Mother Wheel”...


4 posted on 09/14/2011 10:14:15 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Palter

Is the opposite of the Mideast the Midwest?

If there is a Northwestern College and a Northwestern University, is there a Eastnortheastern or Southsouthwestern Community College somewhere?


5 posted on 09/14/2011 10:14:28 AM PDT by bvw
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To: null and void
Clan/Family compounds in a tribal village.

Agreed.

6 posted on 09/14/2011 10:15:43 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Palter

Could be the remnants of ancient homesteads.

A circle encloses the maximum area within a given length of wall,A compound inside the outer wall would be divided into animal pens,storage,human shelter,garden?,privy,and whatever else might be needed.Bigger groups of people would have the time (and need) to wall (make secure) bigger areas.

You don’t need space aliens to explain every bit of ancient history.


7 posted on 09/14/2011 10:15:49 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: Palter

They look like livestock pens...


8 posted on 09/14/2011 10:17:02 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: hoosierham

Wow! Three other posters beat me to the same conclusion;I think we have a consensus.


9 posted on 09/14/2011 10:17:22 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: hoosierham
Yeah, but space aliens is more entertaining...
10 posted on 09/14/2011 10:20:18 AM PDT by null and void (Day 967 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: Palter
This is just more “Chariot of the Gods” stuff - proof that the ancients were visited by aliens driving around in vehicles with spoke-wheels!!
11 posted on 09/14/2011 10:20:23 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: Palter

I wonder what they’ll look like after being baked under a mushroom cloud...


12 posted on 09/14/2011 10:22:09 AM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: Palter

Not the same thing as Nazca lines.. at all..


13 posted on 09/14/2011 10:22:34 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Palter

Well duh! How do you think aliens ordered pizzas?


14 posted on 09/14/2011 10:23:38 AM PDT by jimmygrace
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To: Palter

Sheep pens


15 posted on 09/14/2011 10:25:14 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: hosepipe
You never see ALL of the Nazca images on tv...some are X-rated!

Mike

16 posted on 09/14/2011 10:27:20 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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and walls, mysterious structures that meander across the landscape for up to several hundred feet and have no apparent practical use.

Except to protect caravans from those ginormous sandstorms that debraded the flesh from the bones.

17 posted on 09/14/2011 10:27:26 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: Palter

Obviously landing sites for ancient craft, either that or giant desert bacteria ...


18 posted on 09/14/2011 10:34:49 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Palter

19 posted on 09/14/2011 10:35:47 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: bvw
Is the opposite of the Mideast the Midwest?

No, the opposite of the mideast is the extremewest.

20 posted on 09/14/2011 10:41:05 AM PDT by BillGunn (Bill Gunn for Congress district one rep. Massachusetts)
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