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Research has shown that the kites were likely used to hunt migrating Persian gazelle, which are now extinct.Scientific dating has shown the kites to be between 30 years old.Excavation of the area may provide further clues as to the purpose of the structures, although no excavation has been conducted to date.Like many other ancient geoglyph structures, the “Works of Old Men” seem to raise just as many questions as answers.When we think of Minos, two images immediately come to mind: (1) the legendary and cruel tyrant of Crete who demanded the tribute of Athenian youths to feed to the Minotaur in the Labyrinth and (2) a judge of the Underworld as depicted in both Virgil’s Aeneid and also in Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy story, the Inferno.A strange chalice made its way into the British Museum’s collection in the 1950s.

Some believe that the wheels may have been associated with some form of astrological ritual or event, or somehow associated with the seasons, but this has yet to be confirmed.Stretching from Syria to Saudi Arabia, thousands of ancient geoglyphs built from stone stretch across the desert plains. The geoglyphs are virtually invisible to those on the ground, but can be easily discerned by those flying overhead.Known as the “works of old men”, some display a kite-like structure while others have wheel-like designs. The local Bedouins refer to them as the “works of old men” but have been unable to provide further insights into their creators.There have been claims dating the structures back to 8000 or 9000 years, but these claims have been widely disputed, with scientific evidence concluding that they are likely half that age.One final claim is that rather than hunting, the kites were used to prevent camels from straying.