Archaeologists Find Prehistoric Cultic Monuments in Saudi Arabia

Mustatils, monumental stone structures from a time Arabia was green 8,500 years ago aren’t traps, pens or cairns – they’re early monumental ritual structures for a cattle cult, archaeologists believe

Ruth Schuster
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Thousands of giant stone structures dot the desert of the Arabian peninsula, chiefly in northwest Saudi Arabia. The age and purpose of these monumental edifices, which differ in size and shape, has been a mystery. Now a new paper published in the journal of Antiquity puts a timeline on their prehistoric construction, and supports the theory that these were not traps, or pens, or burials; they were some of the earliest monumental ritual structures in the world.

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