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Al-Deir temple, Petra, Ma’An region, Jordan (30°20’ N, 35°26’ E). Mountainous landscape, Wadi Rum, Ma’an region, Jordan (29°31’ N, 35°25’ E).Carousel irrigation, Wadi Rum, Ma
Boat on the Dead Sea near a potash plant, Al Karak region, Jordan (30°50’N, 35°30’ E).Remains of an ancient trap or desert kite between As Safawi and Qasr Burqu, Mafraq, Jordan (32°28Landscape between Safawi and Qasr Burqu, near Al Mafraq, Jordan (32°32
Gardens created in the middle of the Wadi Rum desert, Jordan (29°33Salt pans on the Dead Sea, Al Karak region, Jordan (30°50’N, 35°30’E).Royal tombs, Petra, Maan region, Jordan (30°20’N, 35°27’E).

Remains of an ancient trap or desert kite between As Safawi and Qasr Burqu, Mafraq, Jordan (32°28' N, 37°34' E).

Desert kites, of which there are 700 to 800 throughout the Middle East, owe their name to the British pilots on the mail flights of the 1920s. They were built in the Neolithic period by hunters, who were probably nomadic, and who drove groups of gazelles found in the valley between their 2-mile-long (or 3.2-kilometer-long) short walls. Their funnel shape led the prey into a pen several hundreds of feet in circumference and often hidden behind the ridge. The panicked animals spread out in the circular space around which the various groups of hunters were waiting for them in shelters with their spears ready. These scenes are depicted in rock engravings from the Caucasus to the Sinai. The engravers used the surface of the rock as the relief of the landscape, thereby creating a model of the desert trap site.

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