Doha paper: Mysterious symbols carved into sand near construction site

The mysterious symbols carved into the sand along a road in Doha were found by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s nephew Khalid bin Mohammed Al Thani, who said the symbols were…

Doha paper: Mysterious symbols carved into sand near construction site

The mysterious symbols carved into the sand along a road in Doha were found by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s nephew Khalid bin Mohammed Al Thani, who said the symbols were used to communicate with each other after a deadly accident.

A sharp-eyed group of Doha residents photographed the symbols and said the designs appeared to be recognizable as animal skulls, the tabloid The National reported.

“The appearance of the skulls when seen from multiple angles makes it clear that they were carved in some form of two-way communication system,” Khalid bin Mohammed Al Thani wrote in a series of tweets. “In the recent past there were an unprecedented number of road accidents on the road where not one life was lost but there were missing souls.”

The tweets linked the images to drawings that appear in writings in a book that Khalid bin Mohammed Al Thani says is “unavailable on the internet,” the ARA News Agency reported. He included the photos of the symbols in the tweets but did not say when the drawings appeared in the book.

Zaid Ahmad Al-Zaabi, a professor of archaeology at the American University of Cairo, told Al-Jazeera that the symbols could have been used for an unusual communication.

“Some believe that the symbols are used to plan new projects, whereas others see them as symbolic references to religions, especially Islam,” he said.

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