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Presenting the world's oldest architectural plans

05.25.2023, by
Engraved on stones and dated to 8,000 and 9,000 years ago, the oldest known plans to scale have recently been published in the journal PLOS ONE. They depict gigantic prehistoric structures known as “desert kites” that were designed to trap wild animals, and were discovered in the deserts of Jordan and Saudi Arabia by researchers from the Archéorient laboratory (1) and their colleagues.

This work was carried out as part of several international excavations including the “Globalkites” project, led by the CNRS researcher Rémy Crassard since 2013. It features in a paper published on 17 May, 2023 in the journal PLOS ONE(link is external).

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