Desert Kites


Desert kites known to the local Bedouin as the Works of the Old Men, found across the deserts of Syria, Jordan, Southern Israel and Saudi Arabia were variations on a type of communal hunting technology used by hunter-gatherers throughout the world.


The earliest desert kites are around 5 to 6000 years old.


They are believed to have been used for hunting wilds.


The length of the walls could run to hundreds of meters and could be best seen from the air.


Desert Kites were given their name by pilots who first saw them because their outlines as seen from the air reminded them of the children’s toy kites.


Extant remnants of thousands of kites have been documented only in Jordan and other rest are distributed throughout the Arabian and Sinai peninsulas and as far northward as southeastern Turkey.

How many?

Almost 2,000 have been identified across Jordan and Syria.


No research has been done across the Saudi Arabian Desert

Modern Theory

Desert kites were mainly used for hunting herds of migrating Goitered or Persian Gazelle, a species which became extinct in Southern Levant during the 19th century.

Things to Know

Desert Kites were the world’s first slaughterhouses, as dozens of animals at a time were herded inside and killed.

Desert kites are only noticed when People flew high above them


Desert Kites were first identified by the pilots of the Royal Air Force and the French Army 1n early 1900s


Desert kites consist of 2 long, low walls mostly unmortared field stone and arranged in a V or funnel shape, broad at one end and with a narrow opening leading to an enclosure or pit at the other end.aerial_view





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