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Ancient gazelles butchered in ‘killing zones’

The remains of animals have been unearthed in funnelled enclosures in north-eastern Syria.

“This was the killing place where they were slaughtered before they were transferred for consumption or trade,” he told BBC News.

It has long been suspected that the enigmatic stone structures that dot the Syrian landscape were involved in harvesting gazelles.

Built perhaps as far back as 10,000 years ago, these structures display converging pairs of low stone walls.

When British air force pilots first flew over them in the early 20th Century, they dubbed them “desert kites” because of their characteristic appearance from the air.

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Story: Johnathan Amos, BBC News | Photo: Digital Globe/Google

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