Google pays homage to Ain Ghazal statues

[30-09-2023 11:19 AM]

Ammon News - Google on Saturday paid homage to the prehistoric Ain Ghazal statues first unearth in Jordan in the latest alteration of its homepage.

Google’s handcrafted Doodles are intended to commemorate holidays, events, achievements, and notable historical figures.

Two caches of the statues – roughly 9,000 years old and considered one of the earliest large-scale representations of the human form – were unearthed, the first on this day in 1983, at the Neolithic site of Ain Ghazal, near Amman. The second group of sculptures meanwhile where discovered in 1985.

The Ain Ghazal figures depict men, women, and children with intricate human features such as almond-shaped eyes, prominent noses, and realistic legs, toes and toenails. Experts still have no concrete answers why these sculptures were created by the unknown craftsmen, although it is known that after the statues served its purpose, our prehistoric ancestors strategically buried the sculptures, aligning them east to west.

Neolithic peoples gave these statues definitive “use-lives;” they were created, fulfilled a purpose, presumably in some sort of religious or cultic ceremony, and then were destroyed and buried, one study noted.

Both caches of statues where brought to the US to undergo radiocarbon dating: the first one was found to be older at eighty years before or after 6750 BCE while the second cache’s statues’ creation seemed to lie within eighty years of 6710 BCE.

The statues have gained global appeal and can be viewed today at galleries such as the Jordan Museum, Jordan Archaeological Museum, British Museum and Louvre Abu Dhabi to ponder the mysteries of the past, Google explained in its description of the Doodle.

Arab News

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