An Australian scientist browsing Google Earth imagery detected and helped unearth around 400 years old ancient stone structures known as “Gates” in the Saudi Arabia desert. These are believed to be in between 2,000 to 9,000 years old. Presently, the exact function or role of these gate-like structures is still unknown.
Ancient Stone Structures, Another Mystery, No Explanation Yet
David Kennedy is the Australian researcher to have discovered the ancient stone structures after spending decades studying the area. Together with his team, he recorded thousands of archeological sites in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. The Gates were unearthed through a chance discovery, namely, by taking a look at the satellite Google Earth imagery.
The satellite images revealed that an ancient volcano’s lava fields, situated in an inhospitable and desolate area, was also the home of man-made “Gates”. These ancient stone structures are believed to be in between 2,000 to 9,000 years old.
“I refer to them as Gates because when you view them from above they look like a simple field gate lying flat, two upright posts on the sides, connected by one or more long bars,” explained the researcher.
However, Kennedy points out that their aspect gives no clue as to their actual purpose. The researchers are unsure what these structures might have been used for. They point out that it is quite unlikely that people could have lived there. The stone structures also don’t seem to have been used as a resting place for dead bodies, or even as animal traps.
So specialists admit that the exact purpose of these Gates is still a mystery.
The ancient stone structures can’t also be visibly seen when looking at them from the ground level. They “stand out beautifully”, say the researchers, when viewed from a few hundred feet higher or in the satellite imagery.
A mystery in themselves, the “Gates” are not helping paint a clearer picture of the people that must have built them either. Not much is known about this population besides the fact that they are possibly the ancestors of the modern-day Bedouins.
A paper presenting the discovery of the stone gates will be released in the journal Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy.
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