Thousands of years older than Stonehenge in England, stone buildings still hold many mysteries.
Recently a team of archeologists from France’s National Center for Scientific Research discovered a giant triangular stone building in Saudi Arabia.This discovery proves that early humans built large building complexes far earlier than previously thought.The structure that has a length of 155 feet or 47.2 meters is estimated to originate around 8,000 years ago.The building was discovered during an archeological excavation at a site in the oasis of Dmat al-Jandal, in northern Saudi Arabia.
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Estimated to be built in stages
Like many early megalithic constructions, the stone building is thought to have been built in several stages.In determining his age, the archeology team led by Olivia Muñoz examined objects and bodies of deposits found in and around the building.Published in the journal Antiquity, researchers explain that excavations have found traces of biochemistry and culture.
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Thousands of Years Older than Stonehenge
In addition, they also found evidence of several stages of construction until the first millennium BC.”Analysis of the structure and tombs in the vicinity shows the existence of burials and rituals in this area for thousands of years, clarifying the lives of nomadic herders in prehistoric Arabic,” the researcher wrote.Thousands of years older than Stonehenge in England, this mysterious stone building was probably built when people in the region were still living in nomadic life.
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Allegedly a secondary grave
Stone building was built on the tomb because underneath there are many human bones.”Seeing how they store bones, then this building is a secondary grave. Maybe the bodies decomposed elsewhere and only certain bones are selected and stored here,” said Muñoz.”This model of storing human remains may have been symbolically very important since the early use of the building, which might have been a memorial at the time,” he added.
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Still Saves a Lot of Mysteries
Unlike prehistoric relics in Europe and the Far East, Arabic megalithic buildings are still relatively unexplored.The structure of this giant dry stone, say the researchers, still holds many mysteries. Like when the buildings were built, how they were built, and their meaning for the community at that time.