Google Doodle celebrates Ain Ghazal statues

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AMMAN —  A Google Doodle posted on September 30 highlights a tribute to the enigmatic Ain Ghazal statues. These have puzzled researchers and art enthusiasts alike for almost four decades, according to the Google description. اضافة اعلان

These hand-crafted pieces are estimated to be around 9,000 years old, stand as some of the earliest large-scale depictions of the human form in the annals of history. It was on this day in 1983 that these astonishing artifacts were first unearthed in the historical lands of Jordan.

The very existence of the Ain Ghazal statues raises intriguing questions about the motives of ancient sculptors. While researchers have devoted countless hours to unraveling the mystery, the precise reasons behind their creation remain elusive. What is known is that after these statues served their purpose, our prehistoric ancestors deliberately buried them, aligning them in an east-to-west orientation.

Archaeologists made their groundbreaking discovery in two phases.
In 1983, they uncovered the first cache of these subterranean wonders at the 'Ain Ghazal site, a significant Neolithic archaeological site located in Jordan. Two years later, in 1985, a second group of sculptures was unearthed, deepening the intrigue surrounding these ancient relics.

The Ain Ghazal statues are a testament to the artistry and skill of their creators. These exquisite figures portray men, women, and children with astonishingly intricate features, including almond-shaped eyes, prominent noses, and painstakingly detailed legs, toes, and even toenails.

These iconic statues have transcended time and place, capturing the imagination of people worldwide. They can be admired today in renowned galleries such as the Jordan Museum, Jordan Archaeological Museum, British Museum, and Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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