Skip to comments.400 Mysterious Ancient Stone Structures Discovered in Saudi Arabia
Posted on 10/18/2017 4:58:19 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Discovered mainly through satellite images, a few of the gates are actually located on the side of a volcanic dome that once spewed basaltic lava, researchers found.
The gates "are stone-built, the walls roughly made and low," David Kennedy, a professor at the University of Western Australia, wrote in a paper set to be published in the November issue of the journal Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy. The gates "appear to be the oldest man-made structures in the landscape," Kennedy noted, adding that "no obvious explanation of their purpose can be discerned."
The smallest of the gates extends about 43 feet (13 meters), while the longest is 1,699 feet (518 m) long, or longer than an NFL football field. Many have multiple stone walls that, in some instances, form a rectangular design; some of the others, called "I" type gates, have only one stone wall with heaps of stone at each end.
"Gates are found almost exclusively in bleak, inhospitable lava fields with scant water or vegetation, places seemingly amongst the most unwelcoming to our species," Kennedy wrote. Thousands of years ago, he noted, the landscape was more hospitable to human life. Other types of stone structures such as "kites," which were used to hunt animals, and "wheels," named for their shape have also been discovered in these lava fields.
The kites, wheels and other types of stone structures were typically found to be built on top of these gate-like walls, suggesting that the gates predate these stone structures, Kennedy said. The remains of lava flows are also sometimes found on top of the gates, indicating that the gates are also older than some of the flows, Kennedy said.
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looks like corrals for animals, I think . . .
the gates of King Kong?
And they’re near a volcano? Obviously, these are the pens where Xenu confined the Thetans before killing them.
One said 1/5 first 1/4 mile and 12¢ per mile after. Please keep hands out
of camels rump,he won’t go any faster
Arhmed you’re gracious driver.
I have read that Yemen which borders Saudi Arabia was once a lush, beautiful, well run country. That was before there was an Islam.
Hey, what are ya doing? Ya pervert!
You said you used the camel...
Yeah, we use it to ride in to the whore house in town!
Up until 5000 years ago the sahara was a vast Savannah with many lakes. The same was true of saudi arabia and much of the middle east.
I wonder about this comment, “1,699 feet (518 m) long, or longer than an NFL football field”.
Yeah, way longer.
See. Global warming. </snark>
My first thought was camel pens.
Makes sense. they are quite large, caravan route?
Back to the search...
However, I've also found lots of apparent modern "aimless dirt moving" -- including a 3.5 mile long curving "dirt ridge", with regularly-spaced spoil dirt dump piles aligned on top of it. Only thing I can think of is an attempt at an earthen-fill dam -- in a place with no water...
If any of you do manage to locate some of these "gates", please ping me -- and include the Google Earth coordinates. Thanks!
Thanks BenLurkin and TXnMA. There are apparently prehistoric sites of this kind stretching from Syria to Yemen, and megalithic sites are also found across the gap, in Africa (see the search link above).
[snip] Al-Jouf province, Sakkaka, Saudi Arabia [/snip]and, a fascinating sidebar:
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