Saudi Arabia: A study suggests that the site of the camel in the north of the Kingdom is one of the oldest animal carving sites in the world

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN)–The study of a joint Saudi international team suggested that the site of the camel in the Al-Jawf region (northern Kingdom) is one of the oldest sites in the world for carving life-size anthropomorphic animals, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The study, published in the Journal of Archeology, revealed new scientific results about the history of the Camel site, which includes 21 stereoscopic carvings, including 17 stereoscopic carvings of camels and two of the equine family, and another carving whose identity is not clear.

The results indicated that the site dates back to the Neolithic period, between 5200 – 5600 BC.

The Saudi Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, celebrated the results of the study and published a video clip of the Camel website on his Twitter account.

The scientific team, consisting of researchers from the Heritage Authority, King Saud University, the French Research Center, the Free University of Berlin, Oxford University and others, used a number of scientific methods in order to know the history of the site with high accuracy.

The results of the study also showed that the site passed through three phases of time, between the execution of the sculpture works, the absence of humans and the abandonment of the site, then the stage of the start of damage to the carved models and the fall of some of their parts due to natural factors.


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