Discovery of strange kite-shaped traps dating back to prehistoric times

Discovery of strange kite-shaped traps dating back to prehistoric times

Discovery of strange kite-shaped traps dating back to prehistoric times

Strange prehistoric hunting structures have been identified through satellite images in northern Saudi Arabia and southern Iraq. These structures nicknamed “kites” reveal meticulous hunting practices that date back 8,000 years!

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They can extend for several kilometers: the “kite” hunting structures date back to almost 8,000 years ago and demonstrate very elaborate hunting techniques. Used during the Neolithicthese structures are made up of low walls stone that formed paths in which the prey were guided by man to be trapped: they were then found in a central enclosure, the “head” of the kite, to be killed. The cells were also found hidden in the wallswhich could also act as a catch pit.

Known for decades, more than 6,000 of these funnel traps have been found to date, but only in the Levant countries and in Arabia. Researchers have just found new ones thanks to satellite images, 400 kilometers ahead of previous ones, which they detail in a study published in Holocene.

The new kite structures are represented by red dots and those already known by white dots.  © Michael Fradley, Francesca Simi, Maria Guagnin, Eamena, Holocene

They provide valuable information on prehistoric peoples

Due to their large size and their quality of processing, these structures represent the largest discovery dating back toHolocene ; suggest a lot of coordination and a large number of people involved in construction. They could also signify a certain social status: rock paintings of kite traps have been found in Jordan.

According to the study, their distribution would also indicate a climate change ancient which occurred about 6,000 years ago: “It is assumed that in a later part of theHolocenethe environment has changed and the Al Labbah plateau has become uninhabitable ”. In fact, the kites were built during the humid phase of the Holocene, a period that lasted 4,000 years and ended abruptly with feedback between the vegetation and theatmosphere.

The distribution of the various forms of traps found in Southwest Asia.  © Michael Fradley, Francesca Simi, Maria Guagnin, Holocene

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