Skip to comments.Mysterious Desert Lines Were Animal Traps [Negev and Sinai]
Posted on 04/20/2010 9:10:50 PM PDT by Enchante
* A series of low, long walls are cleverly constructed traps that used the landscape. * Gazelle, ibexes, wild asses and other large herding animals were the targets. * No one is sure why the kites were abandoned.
British RAF pilots in the early 20th century were the first to spot the strange kite-like lines on the deserts of Israel, Jordan and Egypt from the air and wonder about their origins. The lines are low, stone walls, usually found as angled pairs, that begin far apart and converge at circular pits. In some places in Jordan the lines formed chains up to 40 miles long.
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thought you might find this of interest
Any relation to the line in Nasca, Peru? (IIRC)
It’s my bedtime. Good night!
The Jews first real successful attempt at...
get ready for it....
Another sort of kite was found on steep slopes or ridges below a plateau or shoulder of a hill so that animals driven over the ridge would suddenly be confronted by the installation before and below them, Avner explained.
As for why the kites fell out of use, it’s still a bit of a mystery, says Nadel.
“They were abandoned, in several south-Negev cases, by the beginning of the middle Bronze age,” said Nadel. “This may suggest a climatic change and or a shift in subsistence strategies.”
Naw. A bunch of Left Leaning Witches wearing PETA badges convinced the hunters that the Earth Mother was upset.
Water. That's usually the answer in desert climes.
“As for why the kites fell out of use, its still a bit of a mystery”
Ran out of string...
More likely they ran out of gazelle, ibexes and wild asses.
Well, we now know the wild asses were caught and sent to North America where they became the Democrats.
YES!! We have a winner.
Gazelles were a main part of the Middle Eastern menu during the neolithic period up to the early bronze age. But over-hunting drove gazelles to extinction in some areas.
The author speculates that they might have stopped using them because of climate change. How could this happen at a time when there was no industrialization, autos, coal power plants or large scale farms? Why do these idiots never make the connection between climate changes in the past and present?
Thanks Enchante. I think I'd read about this on FR before, but I'm gonna be a wild man and just ping it already. ;')
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