Camel Carvings in Saudi Arabia Found to be Oldest in the World

A recent study published on Wednesday has revealed that a series of camel sculptures in Saudi Arabia is likely to be the oldest surviving large-scale animal reliefs in the world.

Researchers discovered the site in 2018 where 21 reliefs and carvings of camels and equids have been identified. They initially estimated its age to be about 2,000 years ago based on similarities with artworks found in Petra, Jordan.

The researchers behind the recent study, which was published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, believed that the life-size carvings of the camels are between 7,000-8,000 years old. 

The researchers made the conclusion after assessing erosion patterns, analyzing tool marks, and testing animal bones discovered at the site to determine a new date for the sculptures’ creation.

The Saudi Ministry of Culture, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, French National Centre for Scientific Research, and King Saud University collaborated on the research.


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