Tuesday, 9 March 2021

The 9,000-Year-Old Statues of Ain Ghazal of Ancient Jordan | Ancient Architects

In my last video, I presented information on the incredible early Neolithic spirit masks from the ancient Levant, which is available to watch here: https://youtu.be/L1kRfW5mPgc

This is all part of my quest to find out more about who I’m calling the primal culture, the people that created the first Neolithic society post-Younger Dryas and then migrated from the Levant and Anatolia, spreading their knowledge, art, religion and practices to indigenous cultures around the world.

Whether by settlement or trade, or both, they influenced the origins of Ancient Egypt, the cities of Ancient Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley and Europe. They seem to originate from another culture known as the Natufian and whilst I’m in the process of writing a video on this lost ancient culture, I’m finding out about many amazing archaeological finds, each worthy of their own separate videos.

In this video I’m taking a look at the Ain Ghazal Statues, dating back roughly 8,500 to 9,500 years ago to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period of the history of the Levant.

The statues consist of a number of monumental lime plaster and reed statues, discovered at the ancient site of Ayn Ghazal in Jordan. In total, 15 statues and 15 busts were discovered between 1983 and 1985 in two underground caches, created around 200 years apart.

They are incredible works of art of our ancient ancestors and something we should all know more about as they were made in a settlement that shows clear evidence of transitioning from hunting and gathering to farming, a pivotal time in the evolution of human civilisation.

Watch this video to learn more.

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