1. Offline

    zenMachine Just another Onionhead

    Member Since:
    Mar 3, 2007
    Posts:
    3,354
    Likes Received:
    289
    Location:
    Texas
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2007 Prius
    Thought this article might be more appropriate in the Environment subforum. These things are really cool looking! Google Earth rules!

    http://www.livescience.com/16045-aerial-photos-mysterious-stone-structures.html

    The area near the Azraq Oasis in Jordan has hundreds of wheels, large structures made of stone that date back at least 2,000 years. These wheel structures are often found on lava fields and range from 82 feet to 230 feet (25 meters to 70 meters) across. Archaeologists used to believe that the Azraq Oasis wheels were used as a cemetery although that is now in doubt. (Unless otherwise noted, all the photographs in this album are taken from the air, as one can't make out the structures from flat ground.)
  2. Offline

    FL_Prius_Driver Senior Member

    Member Since:
    Jun 17, 2007
    Posts:
    3,497
    Likes Received:
    852
    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2001 Prius
    What will be interesting will be the actual reason for building them. When finding something new from ancient cultures, the usual reason for what they made always seems to involve the "religious or cultural practices". With time and research, the actual reasons have to do with survival and real world problem solving. My favorite story like this concerns the large number of stones found at early human hunting and camping sites. The "bolo" stones were always worked to be very round and about the 2-4 inches in diameter. The initial explanations were that they had ceremonial significance. Later, Kathy Schick at Indiana Univ. started making stone tools (from other stones). Ideally the stone you used to chip the tools soon wore down. After it had no sharp edges, it was worthless as a tool and thrown away and replaced with a working stone with sharp edges. After doing this for months, they had quite a trash heap of "bolo stones". They were the waste of stone tool making, hence the large quantity where all the tool making took place. To this day, quite a few "experts" still claim they have religious significance.
  3. Offline

    cyclopathic Senior Member

    Member Since:
    Apr 15, 2011
    Posts:
    1,497
    Likes Received:
    174
    Location:
    suburbia
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    II
    on a similar note; long time ago I read a paper (sorry name escapes me).

    The researcher had his 5 y.o son play for a week with heap of trash, then did "archeological" excavation. He found many different things, s.a. as broken bottles packed with stones, etc, which would suggest the "religious practices".
    1 people like this.
  4. Offline

    qbee42 My other car is a boat

    Member Since:
    Mar 2, 2006
    Posts:
    18,041
    Likes Received:
    2,948
    Location:
    Northern Michigan
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2006 Prius
    Full link: Motel of the Mysteries by David Macaulay - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists

    Tom
    2 people like this.
  5. Offline

    hill High Fiber Member

    Member Since:
    Jun 23, 2005
    Posts:
    8,731
    Likes Received:
    1,169
    Location:
    South OC So Cal & the Flathead Valley, MT
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2004 Prius
    Model:
    IV
    Just in case there's anyone left on the face of the earth that thinks you need a point in space (or even up in the sky) do do this kind of thing, I should suggest that it could'a just been a bunch of people messing around . . . just like these folks do:

    phony crop circles - Google Search

    live long and prosper

    ;)

    .
  6. Offline

    hyo silver Awaaaaay

    Member Since:
    Mar 2, 2005
    Posts:
    15,129
    Likes Received:
    1,355
    Location:
    off into the sunset
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2004 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    My garden is full of stone circles. It takes awhile to select the stones and fit them all together, but the result is both practical and attractive. Maybe these ancient mysteries were garden plots?
  7. Offline

    qbee42 My other car is a boat

    Member Since:
    Mar 2, 2006
    Posts:
    18,041
    Likes Received:
    2,948
    Location:
    Northern Michigan
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2006 Prius
  8. Offline

    hyo silver Awaaaaay

    Member Since:
    Mar 2, 2005
    Posts:
    15,129
    Likes Received:
    1,355
    Location:
    off into the sunset
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2004 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    Maybe it's the psychoanalytical concept of transference at work, but I don't understand why ancient circles are so often described by researchers as having 'religious or cultural significance'. Is it really so difficult to imagine people building clocks/calendars with the materials at hand?

Share This Page