Stone Rings Decorate The Middle East


It always fascinates me when I look down from an airplanes window and see the Earth from a different point of view. From this perspective, one can see the ground in a different way, and perceive the land they stand on as patchy, colorful squares divided by trees, bodies of water, roads, homes, etc. The view from up in the air may be different in the Middle East, however, since instead of “patchy squares” observed from the sky, there are “stony circles” illuminating the ground in areas such as Jordan and Syria.

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This particular stone ring measures up to 1,312 feet in diameter, with a modern road cutting through it.

Photo from: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/11/03/the-giant-stone-circles-in-the-middle-east-no-one-can-explain/

These stone rings did not just appear out of the blue and have been around for thousands of years. Scientists have speculated that their existence has occurred since the prehistoric times, and even before writing was invented. Archaeologists have captured around eleven images of these ancient circles, and have found many similarities between them, causing them to speculate that there might be a link between their existence. The archaeologists have unfortunately not been able to find a reasoning behind their construction, despite the findings of artifacts surrounding them dating back to around 2,000 years ago.

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Photo From: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/03/mysterious-stone-circles-baffle-archaeologists_n_6094388.html

An interesting characteristic that these big circles encompass include their diverse locations. The terrain these big circles lay on are not confined to one type and include deserts, hills, and other landscapes. The circles are fully enclosed with no openings for an entrance, so it was clear that in order to walk into them one must step over or climb the stone walls that closed these circles in. Construction of these stones has been speculated to have been a time consuming task, considering they were composed of local stones in a time period where modern tools did not exist in order to build such a large structure in a timely manner.

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These photos demonstrate the height of the walls that make up these stone circles vary from structure to structure.

Photos from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/03/mysterious-stone-circles-baffle-archaeologists_n_6094388.html

These fascinating structures are something unique to the Middle East and give character to what most stereotype as a flat area made up of sand. It also is intriguing that these stone circles do not have a discovered purpose, considering most found structures or artifacts that we have came across are connected to a purpose. Do you think it is best to leave these stone circles as a mysterious cause or think it is beneficial for us to dig deeper into the history of them?

References:

Cooper-White, M. (2014, November 3). Ancient Stone Circles In Middle East Have Archaeologists Scratching Their Heads. Retrieved November 4, 2014, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/03/mysterious-stone-circles-baffle-archaeologists_n_6094388.html

Dantas, G. (2014, November 3). Recent Aerial Images Could Help Get Details about Massive Stone Circles in Middle East: Researchers. Retrieved November 4, 2014, from http://perfscience.com/content/214526-recent-aerial-images-could-help-get-details-about-massive-stone-circles-middle-east

McCoy, T. (2014, November 3). The giant stone circles in the Middle East no one can explain. Retrieved November 4, 2014, from http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/11/03/the-giant-stone-circles-in-the-middle-east-no-one-can-explain/

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3 thoughts on “Stone Rings Decorate The Middle East

  1. I believe that all art is expressive and in some way symbolic of a personal or cultural belief/value. It would be interesting to understand the history behind these installment pieces, but at some point the mystery of art should still remain. Honestly, I am most intrigued and fascinated by things that are unknown. Do tourists like to visit these rings? I agree that it gives a positive change in topography, but how many really know about them?

  2. This fascinates me because every time I have gone on an airplane, I’ve spent a majority of the flight staring out the window looking down below me. The majority of my flights have been across the United States from Columbus, OH to Long Island, NY. While the view is beautiful, there isn’t much that stands out.
    The view of the circles would intrigue me because it makes you realize that places such as Jordan and Syria have a long history. While the United States was around back then there is more history in other places.
    It makes me wonder if they had anything to do with ancient civilizations or rituals or art.

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