A collection of camel sculptures etched onto rock faces were discovered around three years ago in the Al Jouf Province and were estimated to be around 2,000 years old. However, recent research has debunked that.
According to the BBC, new research published in the Journal of Archaeological Science estimates the relief to be between 7,000 and 8,000 years old.
This makes it way older than iconic ancient landmarks as Stonehenge that’s 5,000 years old or even the Pyramids at Giza that’s 4,500 years old.
Stunning relief carvings of camels in Saudi Arabia are now thought to date back more than 7,000 years making them more than three times as old as was first suggested. pic.twitter.com/1xLsmmgXEY
— The World In 24 Hours (@TWI24h) September 15, 2021
They were never thought to be so old originally as similar reliefs were found in Petra in Jordan that date back to that time.
The camels portrayed in this relief, by the way, are from a time when camels were not yet domesticated.
The Saudi Ministry of Culture, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, the French National Centre for Scientific Research, and King Saud University collaborated on the study.
Neolithic they are!! The life-size camel relief discovered in 2018 in Al Jawf province have been dated. Surprisingly they are more ancient than suspected… https://t.co/jdqXeszqrs pic.twitter.com/1AckdoLCRh
— Cultural Heritage Series (@HeritageLecture) September 15, 2021