Archaeologists made a startling discovery when they unearthed a 9,000-year-old shrine in the eastern desert of Jordan. Experts say the discovery could help them better understand the symbolism, art and spirituality of the region’s modern-day inhabitants.
Jordanian and French archaeologists have discovered a 9,000-year-old shrine in the eastern desert of Jordan, an inaccessible Neolithic site – Reported by National Geographic based on an article in AP News.
The ritual complex is located in a Neolithic camp, and there are several contemporary structures in the area, presumably supporting hunting.
The so-called desert dragons are named after the pilots who first saw them in the 1920s, and the structures may have been used to trap deer. Desert dragons consist of at least two long walls that meet and eventually close, and occur throughout the Middle East, although similar structures have already been identified in South Africa.
Wael Abu Azizah, co-director of the project, says the site is special because of the condition. “It is nine thousand years old, yet almost everything is untouched.”The expert said. Inside the sacred place, two carved standing stones were found, immortalized human-like figures. In addition to one of the figures, a drawing of a desert dragon can be seen, an altar, a fire pit, seashells, and a scale model of a trap were also found at the site.
This discovery can help you better understand the symbolism, art, and spirituality of the area’s contemporary inhabitants. The proximity of desert dragons indicates that the builders of the shrine were hunters and that traps were central to their culture.
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