Ritual hunt site from 7000 B.C. found

Two statues found in the southeastern Jordanian desert are seen during a news conference in Amman on Feb. 22.

AMMAN (Reuters) — Archaeologists have discovered a Stone Age site dating back to 7000 B.C. in a remote desert in Jordan, with structures that show humans were rounding up and hunting gazelles much earlier than previously thought.

The team of French and Jordanian experts also found over 250 artifacts at the site, including exquisite animal figurines that they believe were used in rituals to invoke supernatural forces for successful hunts.

The objects, which include two stone statues with carvings of human faces, are among some of the oldest artistic pieces ever found in the Middle East.