“Desert Kites”: How did prehistoric people design and build such structures without seeing them from the air?

In the deserts of the Middle East, there are amazing structures that were created over 8,000 years ago. These stone walls, known as “desert kites”, were used to trap animals. People placed them along migratory routes to lure herds of gazelles, antelopes and other wild animals into deep pits. When viewed from above, these structures look like colossal patterns up to 5 kilometers long.

How did prehistoric people create such monumental structures without being able to see them from the air? A recent study by archaeologists has unraveled this mystery. They discovered the world’s oldest architectural plans that detail the process of building these structures.

Two Neolithic engravings in Jordan and Saudi Arabia show that “desert kites” were not built haphazardly. People collected them in an organized manner, which required abstract thinking and bold imagination. Computer simulations have confirmed that the plans carved in stone turned out to be surprisingly accurate depictions of real kites at a distance of 1 to 2 kilometers. These engravings prove that early Homo sapiens had excellent spatial perception, and this way of thinking eventually became ingrained in human culture.

Prior to this discovery, scientists believed that the oldest architectural plans date back to Mesopotamian civilizations 2,300 years ago. The fact that the 9,000-year-old drawings were engraved on such a durable medium suggests that they may have been intended for future generations.

“These finds show that ancient people were very creative and able to use abstract thinking to create complex structures,” said archeology professor William Languey of the University of Texas at Austin.

Desert Kites is not only a technical feat, but also a cultural heritage that continues to amaze and inspire people around the world.

“The precision and geometric symmetry of desert kites is simply amazing. This is a perfect example of how the human mind can create beauty and functionality in one,” said architecture professor John Hanson of the University of California at Berkeley.

As you can see, the ancient people had the courage and creative thinking that allowed them to create such amazing structures. Desert Kites is not only a technical feat, but also a cultural legacy that continues to inspire people with its beauty and functionality.

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