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 Do the statues depict humans?
 Gods or goddesses?
 Imaginary creatures?
 How were they used?
 Why were they buried?

 Since the statues were made long before the earliest writing in the Near East, there are no documents that provide answers to these questions. Archaeologists and art historians obtain clues to solving these puzzles from excavations at the site of `Ain Ghazal, excavations at other sites, and the objects themselves. This section explores some of the clues available to finding answers.

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