Photographer's Note

I was wondering why I had never heard of these statues. They were only discovered in the 1970's at Ain Ghazal (Gazelle Spring), during road construction of the Amman-Zarqua highway, and excavated between 1982-1989. Today some of the original limestone plaster statues reside in the Amman Citadel Museum seen here, and 15 other pieces are in the Jordan National Museum in central Amman. "A total of 15 statues and 15 busts were found in two caches, which were separated by nearly 200 years." There is a copy of this statue in the latter museum which I also saw. Additionally there is 1 statue in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

They are remarkable for their great age dating from the pre pottery Neolithic era. 7,250-6,500 BC. That's an incredible 9,268 - 8,518 years ago! Much older than the pyramids in Egypt. The eyes are fashioned from natural bitumen tar. I might load a workshop showing a wider angled view of these 2 headed sculptures.

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