Researchers uncover 9,000-year-old face sculptures in Jordan desert

In a major discovery, the south part of the Jordan desert has been uncovered a Neolithic complex of 9,000-year-old stone carvings. Jordanian and French archeologists discovered the finding and they recorded it in a journal after the conference held by the Jordanian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

The site is believed to be a unique ritual installation dedicated to hunting ghazals. The uniquely aligned stone carving contains giant stone traps known as “desert kites”, which researchers say are the world’s oldest man-made sculptures. The anthromorphic carvings are a rare insight into Neolithic spiritual expression. These types of stones, while carved or inscribed stone stelae were used primarily as grave markers, they were also used for dedication, commemoration, and demarcation.

According to CNN, the researchers noted the specialties of the “desert kite”. As per their finding, desert kite hunting traps consist of long stone walls which led prey to an enclosure in which they could be gathered and were first discovered by the team in the Jibal al-Khashabiyeh area in 2013. This led then to the discovery of campsites used by the hunters whose lives were centered around the desert kites and the catching of game. Residents lived in semi-subterranean huts, where pottery and animal bones had previously been excavated.

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The discovery, however, gives a ray of hope to the future that more and more discoveries like this could be done. Researchers say that the finding would help to know the better knowledge of our ancestors about all archeological subjects. Researchers say that ancient people have great creative knowledge too.

They further marked the specialties of the stone discovered. It consists of two stone carvings, which have been named Ghassan and Abu Ghassan. The taller of the two, at 112 centimeters, has been carved with the representation of a desert kite incorporated with a human figure, while the smaller, at 70 centimeters, has a finely detailed human face. Other finds include a ritual altar stone, a hearth, a carefully arranged collection of some 150 marine fossils, as well as animal figurines and delicately executed flint objects.