7,000 year old cult site in Saudi Arabia was filled with human remains and animal bones

Archaeologists in Saudi Arabia have discovered ancient human remains buried near hundreds of scattered animal bones in a 7,000-year-old desert monument, a ritual site used by a prehistoric cult.

The remains, those of an adult male in his thirties, were found in a mustatil, a structure that takes its name from the Arabic word for rectangle. The ruin is one of more than 1,600 mustatils discovered in Saudi Arabia since the 1970s. The structures, largely submerged under sand, were built when the Arabian desert was a lush grassland where elephants roamed and hippos bathed in lakes.

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