'World's Oldest' Camel Statues in Saudi Arabia's Mountains

Thursday, September 16, 2021

A new study has found that camel carvings in Saudi Arabia may be the oldest large animal statues in the world.

When they were discovered in 2018, researchers estimated that they would be 2,000 years old.

This estimate was made in view of the antiquity of the statues in the famous ancient city of Petra in Jordan.


However, researchers now suggest that they may be between seven and eight thousand years old.


It is difficult for researchers to accurately assess the antiquity of rock sculptures. Understand that these sculptures do not contain any organic material to determine their age, as compared to the ancient paintings made in the caves.


In addition, statues of this size are rare in the region.


The researchers published their findings in the Journal of Archaeological Science, which examined whether and time-related erosions, tool marks, and animal bones were found near the site.


In this way, he was able to redefine the era of the construction of these statues.


According to new estimates, these other ancient structures are even older than Stonehenge (five thousand years old) and the Pyramids of Egypt (four and a half thousand years old) in Britain. In addition, these statues are older than the use of camels for human use.


Economic Development in the region was made possible by the human use of camels.


When these statues were carved, Saudi Arabia at that time was very different from today. In those days, instead of desert, there were meadows and lakes.


It is not clear why the camel statues were carved, but researchers believe it may have provided a place for the nomadic tribes to meet.


Researchers have also pointed out how difficult it must have been thousands of years ago.


Most of the statues are high above the ground, which means that the stone carvings must have been hung by ropes.


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