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Saudi Arabia’s Mysterious “Stonehenge”

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Archaeologists working in Saudi Arabia continue to puzzle over the meaning of more than 50 groups of oddly arranged standing stones, the most famous of which are found at the site of al-Rajajil near the ancient oasis town of al-Jouf.* The roughly-hewn stones, some of which stand nearly 10 feet high and are often arranged at different angles, are thought to date to the Chalcolithic period (c. 4500–3500 B.C.E.), although their meaning and function have remained a mystery. Based on their alignment, some have argued the stones were erected to help observe certain astronomical events, while others believe they served as territorial markers or landmarks along well traveled routes.

Saudi Arabia’s Mysterious “Stonehenge”

Archaeologists working in Saudi Arabia continue to puzzle over the meaning of more than 50 groups of oddly arranged standing stones, the most famous of which are found at the site of al-Rajajil near the ancient oasis town of al-Jouf.

*See Julie Skurdenis, Destinations, “Desert Fortresses: Al-Jouf, Saudi Arabia,” Archaeology Odyssey, March/April 2004.

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  1. dr khurshid A Babar says:

    in very ancient time, when no device was made to keep direction, the travellars use to travelled with the help of landmarks, natural and unnatural, in desererts they use to make landmarks by pilling up stones.

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  1. dr khurshid A Babar says:

    in very ancient time, when no device was made to keep direction, the travellars use to travelled with the help of landmarks, natural and unnatural, in desererts they use to make landmarks by pilling up stones.

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