Desert Kites

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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.

Origin

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

Purpose

They are believed to have been used for hunting wilds.

Length

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

Naming

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.

Quantity

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.

Facts

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

Identification

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

Formation

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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