The Works of Old Men in the Jordanian Black Desert

We were delighted to receive a contact from Mrs Sánchez and her team who are currently recruiting to expand their team of experts to further their vital research into the Jordanian desert. Her aim is to “prove the true history of humankind, as well as the truth about the creation of human beings and other living creatures, and to confirm this through conclusive evidence verifiable by experts of biology.”

What we initially thought was a routine discovery could in fact be one of the greatest discoveries in human history! 

The Black Desert in Jordan

Deep in the Jordanian Black Desert, also called Harrat al-Sham, a series of basalt stone circles can be viewed using high altitude imagery, as seen in the Google Earth images below. Each of these geoglyphs seem strangely familiar because, as Mrs Sánchez astutely points out, they are actually something fundamental to who we are.

Works of old men

The circles were first documented by RAF Flight Lt. Percy Maitland,1Percy Eric Maitland, CBE. Birthdate: October 26, 1895 in Harlow, Hampshire, England UK. Death: August 22, 1985 (89) in Wallingford, Oxfordshire/Berkshire, England UK. https://www.geni.com/people/Air-Vice-Marshal-Percy-Maitland-CB-CBE-MVO-AFC/6000000033486891875 a pilot during World War I, who later went on to publish an account of them in the Journal Antiquity in 1927:2Maitland. (1927). The ‘Works of the Old Men’ in Arabia. Antiquity1(2), 197–203. doi:10.1017/S0003598X00000405 https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/abs/works-of-the-old-men-in-arabia/50B2001725E45D382DB79AE3747134C4

The walls and hut circles which are known to the Bedouins as “the works of the old men” lie about 120 miles to the east of the Dead Sea, in a southern extension of the Jebel Druze range through which the Cairo-Baghdad air mail passes, in the neighborhood of landing grounds F, G, and H.

The Jebel Druze is a desolate range of mountains rising from 2000 to 3000 feet above sea level. It consists of steep-sided flat-topped mountains of black basalt, the wadis and flat country between being covered with sand thickly besprinkled with huge black basalt boulders. Here and there the winter rains have formed lakes of sand which during the winter are morasses and during the summer hard flat glaring expanses of white sand, many as much as three miles long.

The “works of the old men” is a name for the structures that is still used by modern day researchers, but they are most commonly called wheels. There was a renewed interest in the basalt circles more recently, within the last ten years, such as from Athanassas et al. (2015) in the Journal of Archaeological Science3Athanassas, Constantin & Rollefson, Gary & Kadereit, A. & Kennedy, David & Theodorakopoulou, Katerina & Rowan, Yorke & Wasse, A.. (2015). Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating and spatial analysis of geometric lines in the Northern Arabian Desert. Journal of Archaeological Science. 64. 1-11. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0305440315002721 .

Upon their first discovery, the wheels have caused a stir in the archaeological community with lots of speculation regarding their formation. Most popular being that they are man made in a similar way to the Nazca Lines of Peru,4The Nazca Lines are a collection of giant geoglyphs—designs or motifs etched into the ground—located in the Peruvian coastal plain about 250 miles (400 kilometers) south of Lima, Peru. Created by the ancient Nazca culture in South America, and depicting various plants, animals, and shapes, the 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines can only be fully appreciated when viewed from the air given their massive size. Despite being studied for over 80 years, the geoglyphs—which were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994—are still a mystery to researchers. https://www.history.com/topics/south-america/nazca-lines but present day archaeology has not been able to provide a definitive answer as to why they are really there. 

Map of the Harrat ash Shaam (HAS) volcanic field5Map of the Harrat ash Shaam (HAS) volcanic field, modified from Weinstein and Heimann (2016). Data are from Dubertret & Dunand, 1955; Shaliv, 1991; Mor, 1993; Heimann et al., 1993, 1996; Sharkov et al., 1998; Giannérini et al., 1988; Ilani et al., 2001; Weinstein et al., 2006; Demir et al., 2007; Krienitz et al., 2009; Westaway et al., 2009; Lustrino et al., 2010; Shaanan et al., 2011; Trifonov et al., 2011; Keskin et al., 2012; Al Kwatli, Gillot, Zeyen, Hildenbrand, & Al Gharib, 2012,Al Kwatli et al., 2012, Al Kwatli et al., 2014; Weinstein et al., 2013; Ma et al., 2011; Shtober‐Zisu et al., 2018, and this study. (inset) Map of Arabian volcanism with HAS indicated (modified from Weinstein & Garfunkel, 2014, references therein). https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338187454_Impact_of_the_Dead_Sea_Transform_Kinematics_on_Adjacent_Volcanic_Activity

The fact that the stones are made of basalt sparked our interest even further, as we immediately thought of the many basalt columns scattered around our realm that are commonly suspected to be the possible remnants of ancient giant trees. The basalt rock could suggest previous organic matter that has been through the petrification process.

As Mrs Sánchez goes on to explain, backed by 28 years of experience in megalithic archaeology and ancient scripture, these circles could well be the beginning of life as we know it — and she believes she can obtain concrete evidence that these are in fact embryonic cells!

Although it may not initially be clear, if one tracks the circles in the above image from left to right you will be able to see divisions, the same divisions as you would expect to see in the formation of cells during the embryonic stages of development. 

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Formation circled in red, and those to the right of it, are potentially that of a reptilian embryo.

Hereby I put before you my research: The concerned geoglyphs constitute maps of embryonic experiments, and if you pay close attention to the picture, you will notice the result of two species: one is human and the other is reptilian.

– Virtudas Pontes Sánchez

Mrs Sánchez goes even one step further in being able to identify reptilian development in one of the basalt circles, which shows the cell formation heavily biased to the left of the circle as you would expect to see in egg development.6Yolk polarity is a phenomenon that occurs in the eggs of animals which have large amounts of yolk in their eggs, such as amphibians, reptiles, birds, and many fish. Because the egg contains so much yolk, and the yolk is literally heavier than the rest of the egg, it sinks to the bottom of the egg due to gravity. The yolk is therefore asymmetrically distributed in the egg, and the region of the egg with very little yolk will go on to become the anterior (head) structures of the embryo, while the region of the egg containing the mass of yolk will go on to become the posterior (tail) structures of the embryo. https://organismalbio.biosci.gatech.edu/growth-and-reproduction/animal-development-i/

Illustration of developmental stage of zebrafish embryo. Source.

These circles in isolation could be assumed to be a coincidence, but upon further examination of the area it seems that there are more than one example of these cell-like formations made of basalt stones. In fact, you can see them scattered across the entire black desert.

One of the circles in the images above appears to be an embryonic cell with its divisions almost evenly distributed within the circle, looking somewhat like a tortoise shell.

If we look at the cell formations under a microscope we can compare the Jordanian basalt circles up to the blastocyst stage of embryonic development, as shown in the images below.

Indeed the entire area looks strangely like it once had the pulse of life running through it, with the old riverbeds and streams looking remarkably — and perhaps eerily — like veins and nerves. If you scroll across the Google Earth image below you will quickly see this is a very intriguing place.

Lastly, it is also interesting to note that the works of old men in the Black Desert are located on the fringe of the Fertile Cresecent. The National Geographic states:7https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/fertile-crescent/

Named for its rich soils, the Fertile Crescent, often called the “cradle of civilization,” is found in the Middle East. Because of this region’s relatively abundant access to water, the earliest civilizations were established in the Fertile Crescent, including the Sumerians. Its area covers what are now southern Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, and parts of Turkey and Iran.

Mrs Sánchez and her team are currently appealing to experts in the fields of biology and related sciences to join forces to expand on this research and further the understanding of what this discovery truly means to the origins of life in this realm. She is currently appealing to the authorities to grant access on site to take samples in the area on a one month long expedition.

Although a discovery like this would be a silver bullet for evolution it would bring new light to the ancient texts of creation, and the notion that life truly did come from the earth itself.

If you are interested in joining the research team and could help verify and bring this discovery into light please contact us at: hello@tartariabritannica.com, and we will forward your details to the team.

We would also like to say a special thanks to Tomás Tarjuelo for introducing us to the work of Mrs Sánchez, and we pledge our support to Mrs Sánchez to aid her dedicated research with her thesis on the Jordanian Black Desert embryos.

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Footnotes

  • 1
    Percy Eric Maitland, CBE. Birthdate: October 26, 1895 in Harlow, Hampshire, England UK. Death: August 22, 1985 (89) in Wallingford, Oxfordshire/Berkshire, England UK. https://www.geni.com/people/Air-Vice-Marshal-Percy-Maitland-CB-CBE-MVO-AFC/6000000033486891875
  • 2
    Maitland. (1927). The ‘Works of the Old Men’ in Arabia. Antiquity1(2), 197–203. doi:10.1017/S0003598X00000405 https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/abs/works-of-the-old-men-in-arabia/50B2001725E45D382DB79AE3747134C4
  • 3
    Athanassas, Constantin & Rollefson, Gary & Kadereit, A. & Kennedy, David & Theodorakopoulou, Katerina & Rowan, Yorke & Wasse, A.. (2015). Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating and spatial analysis of geometric lines in the Northern Arabian Desert. Journal of Archaeological Science. 64. 1-11. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0305440315002721
  • 4
    The Nazca Lines are a collection of giant geoglyphs—designs or motifs etched into the ground—located in the Peruvian coastal plain about 250 miles (400 kilometers) south of Lima, Peru. Created by the ancient Nazca culture in South America, and depicting various plants, animals, and shapes, the 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines can only be fully appreciated when viewed from the air given their massive size. Despite being studied for over 80 years, the geoglyphs—which were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994—are still a mystery to researchers. https://www.history.com/topics/south-america/nazca-lines
  • 5
    Map of the Harrat ash Shaam (HAS) volcanic field, modified from Weinstein and Heimann (2016). Data are from Dubertret & Dunand, 1955; Shaliv, 1991; Mor, 1993; Heimann et al., 1993, 1996; Sharkov et al., 1998; Giannérini et al., 1988; Ilani et al., 2001; Weinstein et al., 2006; Demir et al., 2007; Krienitz et al., 2009; Westaway et al., 2009; Lustrino et al., 2010; Shaanan et al., 2011; Trifonov et al., 2011; Keskin et al., 2012; Al Kwatli, Gillot, Zeyen, Hildenbrand, & Al Gharib, 2012,Al Kwatli et al., 2012, Al Kwatli et al., 2014; Weinstein et al., 2013; Ma et al., 2011; Shtober‐Zisu et al., 2018, and this study. (inset) Map of Arabian volcanism with HAS indicated (modified from Weinstein & Garfunkel, 2014, references therein). https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338187454_Impact_of_the_Dead_Sea_Transform_Kinematics_on_Adjacent_Volcanic_Activity
  • 6
    Yolk polarity is a phenomenon that occurs in the eggs of animals which have large amounts of yolk in their eggs, such as amphibians, reptiles, birds, and many fish. Because the egg contains so much yolk, and the yolk is literally heavier than the rest of the egg, it sinks to the bottom of the egg due to gravity. The yolk is therefore asymmetrically distributed in the egg, and the region of the egg with very little yolk will go on to become the anterior (head) structures of the embryo, while the region of the egg containing the mass of yolk will go on to become the posterior (tail) structures of the embryo. https://organismalbio.biosci.gatech.edu/growth-and-reproduction/animal-development-i/
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