Artificial archaeologists discovered in the northwestern part of Saudi Arabia a number of life-size rock carvings, known as dromedars, also known as monotone camels, that finds from the 1st century BC or before the time are considered unique in the region.
The CNRS French Research Center and the Tourism and National Heritage Commission of Saudi Arabia reported on their discovery in the Antiquity magazine, which brings new light to the evolution of the archeology of the Arabian peninsula – read the eurekalert.org scientific news portal.
The site of the El-Dzsauf province, located in the northwest of Saudi Arabia, was discovered by 2016-2017. Although the exact age of the site is difficult to determine, compared with one of the reliefs of the Petra ruins of Jordan, archaeologists have come to the conclusion that the statues were completed in the 1st century BC or before the time of our calculations.
Professionals have identified almost dozens of life-size stone monuments representing camels and other ungulates, cut into three rocks. Natural erosion today stripped off part of the works and left the traces of the tools used to make it.
The animals were taken without a hoe in a natural posture. One of the carved scenes is particularly unusual: it captures a dromedary and a donkey very rarely depicted on rocky art. The theme of a part of the works is also significantly different from the typical portraits of the area, and the way in which they are made differs from the finds found in similar types of Saudi sites.
Due to the desert environment and its proximity to the caravans, experts believe that a site that, due to its environmental features, was unable to accommodate permanent settlements, could serve as a resting place for travelers or use religious ceremonies.