Scientists take stunning images of mysterious structures found on VOLCANOES
Last month, stunned researchers announced they had discovered 400 mysterious stone structures in Saudi Arabia which date back thousands of years.
The stone walls, which have been dubbed “gates” as they resemble field gates when viewed aerially, were found in a region in west-central Saudi Arabia called Harrat Khaybar.
Experts are still unsure as to the purpose of the structures, but some of them were found to be draped over lava domes – a mound shaped area where lava has dried near volcanoes.
Research restrictions in the country have limited scientists fact-finding missions, but thanks to the advent of things such as Google Earth, experts were able to study them in part.
The structures could be up to 7,000 years old
Now, however, scientists have got even closer to the mysterious structures after they flew over Harrat Khaybar, taking detailed pictures of the gates.
David Kennedy of the University of Western Australia who first spotted the structures in Google Earth imagery wrote in an article for Live Science: “Last month, they lifted this veil of sorts and allowed me to
“We planned where we wanted to fly in order to capture several thousand structures in these two lava fields.
“Our helicopter survey was probably the first systematic aerial reconnaissance for archaeology ever carried out in Saudi Arabia.”
The size of the gates varies massively, with the smallest being 43 feet
The size of the gates varies massively, with the smallest being 43 feet and the largest stretching to 1,699 feet.
Mr Kennedy says more field work is needed to be done on the gates to determine the and purpose of them.
Before these gates were discovered, volcanologists Vic Camp and John Roobol mapped an area of the Harrat Khaybar region which also had gates and stone structures.
These gates, Mr Camp estimated, were built some 7,000 years ago.
However, it is likely Mr Camp’s gates are older than the recently discovered ones as some of them are covered in lava flow.
Mr Camp told Live Science: “We see several areas where the younger lavas are devoid of such [stone] structures, although surrounded by several [stone structures].”