Thousands of geoglyphs found in Middle East

Published on September 20th, 2011 | by Sevaan Franks

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Satellite imagery has revealed thousands of geoglyphs in Jordan.

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.

“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.

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: David D. Boyer APAAME_20080925_DDB-0237

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