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The mysterious symbols found carved in Qatar's deserts


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Some shoot out of the soft rock like reptiles bathing in the sun. Others are mysterious depressions resembling an ancient board game played all over the world. And a few are straight-up puzzling.
On a desolate and windswept corner of Qatar's northeastern coast, among the sand dunes of the barren desert, lies Al Jassasiya, the Gulf country's largest and most important rock art site.
Here, people centuries ago used a series of low-lying limestone outcrops as a canvas on which they carved symbols, motifs and objects that they observed in their environment.

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/qatar-al-jassasiya-petroglyphs-cmd/index.html

 

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9 hours ago, rashore said:

Yes it is a nice site. I visited it in 1997and 2011. A Lebanese Archaeologist was there and I remembered speaking with him for some time about the 'cup' marks in SA, mancala games, and how many of the marking may have been erased by erosion and what might lay beneath the sand elsewhere.

https://www.jstor.org/stable/43783635

http://maajournal.com/Issues/2017/Vol17-4/El Menshawy 17(4).pdf

 

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10 hours ago, Hanslune said:

Yes it is a nice site. I visited it in 1997and 2011. A Lebanese Archaeologist was there and I remembered speaking with him for some time about the 'cup' marks in SA, mancala games, and how many of the marking may have been erased by erosion and what might lay beneath the sand elsewhere.

https://www.jstor.org/stable/43783635

http://maajournal.com/Issues/2017/Vol17-4/El Menshawy 17(4).pdf

 

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Thanks for the additional info. Looking at the map in the second link you posted, there are sure a lot more sites than just the one in the article I posted. 

Since you have been there and seen these arts for yourself, what do you think the backstories are for this?

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18 minutes ago, rashore said:

Thanks for the additional info. Looking at the map in the second link you posted, there are sure a lot more sites than just the one in the article I posted. 

Since you have been there and seen these arts for yourself, what do you think the backstories are for this?

People lived there for tens of thousands of years and added in their own 'work' building up quite a collection as to what the might have been used for I don't have any definitive opinion. In my last visit I was living in Bahrain among the Dilmun burials and I went back to see if any of it seemed 'Dilmunian'.

People who are born artists have an internal need to make art much of what they did back then in bone, on skins and wood disappeared. this is the remnant.

Oh, and an image of some similar Indian locale 'holes'.

[img]https://i.imgur.com/G7Vmc0u.jpg[/img]

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