New discovery: Stone temple found in the Jordanian desert

During their exploration in the Jordan desert, archaeologists discovered a Neolithic temple dating back to about 9,000 years ago. The discovery, made by a Franco-Jordanian archaeological team in the Badia region of the Khashabiyeh Mountains, revealed two upright stones carved with carved figures and an altar and fireplace. They continued to explore and discovered the stone temple.

Stone Temple

One of the upright rocks depicts a human figure, and the other is a small-scale model of a “desert kite” structure, commonly found in eastern Jordan, Israel’s Negev desert, and the Sinai desert. of Egypt. Desert Kits are used to trap animals, consisting of long dry rock walls that converge on the neck, opening a confined space for slaughtering prey.


Observed behind the rock is a deposit of structures consisting of fossils, many of which have been arranged vertically and in specific directions, in addition to many smaller standing rocks, moving statues. worked flint objects and articles.

Mystery surrounding it

According to the state-run Jordan News Agency, the shrine was a Neolithic campsite associated with nearby desert kites, used by the hunters for ceremonial offerings and animal sacrifices.


Archaeologists suggest that the temple and the desert kites were seen by their builders as a center of their cultural, economic, and even symbolic life in these border regions. It is a symbol of a prosperous society, or a place of sacrifices and festivals for ancient people. As specialized hunters, they can live in semi-circular houses underground, in contrast to the peoples in the vicinity. The temple is not only a sacred place but also a place to hunt animals to create food for the people. With extremely sharp structure for hunting animals.

Scientists wonder, is the temple a place to sacrifice animals for the gods to bless for a good harvest, favorable rain and wind?


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