Archeologists in Jordan have taken high-resolution aerial images of ancient "Big Circles" that have baffled scientists for decades.
The Big Circles are actually low stone walls no more than a few feet in height. Discovered in the 1920s, all except 11 of these circles measure around 1,312 feet in diameter. They are assumed to be built least 2,000 years ago but their origin and purpose is so far a mystery.
Check them out:
David Kennedy, leading the Aerial Archaeology in Jordan Project since 1997 and co-director of the Aerial Photographic Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East (APAAME), is as close to understanding the mysterious stone walls than anyone else.
Kennedy’s team has found thousands of stone structures in Jordan and the broader Middle East apart from these. Some of them are in wheel-like structure, some in kites or pendants. But these 11 circles are a thing apart. Their similarities are “too close to be a coincidence," he thinks.
Who knows why they were built? Were the special areas cordoned off for certain purposes? Places of worship? Or perhaps used for astronomical rituals? It will probably take a lot more years of research and some luck to find out their origin and purpose. For now, however, they present a baffling mystery.
Perhaps with these new images some of the mysteries will be answered.