“What the functions of the circles are, nobody has excavated one to my knowledge. .... It's really difficult to say what these circles meant to those people 9,000 years ago.”
- Gary O. Rollefson, Ph.D., Prof. of Anthropology,
Whitman College, Walla, Walla, Washington
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September 30, 2011 Perth, Western Australia and Walla Walla, Washington - Twenty-five million years ago there were repeated volcanic eruptions in what is now modern day Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Today there is continuous dark basalt for 100 miles or more in a region called Harrat Ash-shaam. Lots of the basalt has broken up over time into jagged, rocks. In that vast 100 miles of black lava rock has emerged an archaeological mystery to rival the enigma on the Plains of Nazca in Peru. Thousands of circular patterns, many with spokes like a wheel, are found throughout the Harrat Ash-shaam.
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