They are seen from Syria to Saudi Arabia, can only be viewed from the air and almost no one knows of their existence. These constructs are Middle-East’s own versions of the well known ‘Nazca Lines’, old geoglyphs or drawings in the desert sands of the Peruvian plateau. Using satellites and aerial photography scientists are discovering more geoglyphs in Jordan than ever before.

Thousands of lined constructions have been discovered. The stone structures, which archaeologists call ‘wheels’, were discovered in different designs. The most common design is a circle with spokes. Researchers believe that they date back at least 2,000 years. They are often found on lava fields and range between 25 and 70 meters in size.

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“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. Kennedy and his colleagues are trying to identify the archaeological sites in Jordan from the air. Yet they have no idea for what purpose the lines were used and what significance they had. Feel free to check out this archive where they’ve uploaded many pictures of these ‘Nazca Lines’ spotted all around the Middle-East. So what was their goal 2000+ years ago? Did these ancient designers just liked to decorate the ground with rocks or did they want to send a message to the sky? Since they weren’t supposedly to have flying machines 2000 years ago, why would they’ve bothered to make this only-viewable-from-the-sky designs in the first place?

Source: Livescience.com

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