A total of eight big circles have been recorded in west central Jordan, between the Wadi el-Hasa and the edge of the Shara escarpment. There is also a second group, made of four Big Circles, just north of Azraq Oasis. Pictured is circle J1, known locally as Qasr Abu el-Inaya. Dating is problematic, but there is often material in or around the circles that originated in the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age, between 2,000 to 4,500 BCE.
‘The Lovers’ from 1972 season at Hasanlu Hasanlu is an archaeological excavation site in Iran, Western Azerbaijan, Solduz Valley. These skeletons were found in a Bin with no objects. The only feature is a stone slab under the head of the skeleton on the left hand side. Penn Museum Image #97482. University of Pennsylvania says their Museum exhibited these 'Hasanlu Lovers' skeletons in 1974, who died together in about 800 B.C.and appear like they are kissing each other before they died
The world's oldest undeciphered writing system, proto-Elamite, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics. This international research project is already casting light on a lost bronze age middle eastern society where enslaved workers lived on rations close to the starvation level.
Portrait of Siegfried Loraine Sassoon by Glyn Warren Philpot, 1917. Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (1886 – 1967) was an eminent English poet, writer, and soldier. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front, he became one of the leading poets of the First World War.