Aerial photographs of enigmatic buildings in Saudi Arabia – What are they?

Aerial photographs of enigmatic buildings in Saudi Arabia - What are they?

There are impressive images created of the mysterious 400 buildings in a remote desert area in Saudi Arabia.

Due to limitations caused by authorities doing research in the fifties was virtually impossible.

According to experts, the mysterious geometric shapes are up to be 7000 years old, reports LiveScience.

Works of the Old Men

Thanks to satellites and Google Earth new pictures are taken from the buildings.

A leading archaeologist has now been given special permission to fly and take pictures at close of the lava fields in the Harrat Khaybar region.

Dr. David Kennedy of the University of Western Australia is researching for almost 20 years the ‘Works of the Old Men’ as they were called in the twenties by the locals.

From the sky

After his studies became worldnews in October, the Saudi government gave Dr. Kennedy permission to make the first aerial photographs of the patterns in more than half a century.

It is not clear why these structures are built. In many cases they are so large that their form is only clearly visible from the air.

Experts believe that the new aerial photographs and field work could one day lead to a breakthrough.

Four football fields

Dr. Kennedy and his colleagues flew between 27 and 29 October a total of 15 hours over the field and made nearly 6,000 photographs of 200 buildings.

Some are so small that they are nearly invisible, while others up to four football fields in size.


Previously, thousands of stone structures forming geometric patterns found in the Middle East.

This includes the wheel-shaped patterns in Jordan which are about 8,500 years old.

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