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Life-sized sculptures of dromedaries found in Saudi Arabia
phys.org ^ | February 13, 2018 | CNRS

Posted on 02/16/2018 12:23:24 PM PST by Red Badger

High relief of standing dromedary on sandstone spur at center of image. Credit: © CNRS/MADAJ, R. Schwerdtner _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

At a remarkable site in northwest Saudi Arabia, a CNRS archaeologist and colleagues from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) have discovered camelid sculptures unlike any others in the region. They are thought to date back to the first centuries BC or AD. The find sheds new light on the evolution of rock art in the Arabian Peninsula and is the subject of an article published in Antiquity (February 2018).

Located in the province of Al Jawf in northwest Saudi Arabia, Camel Site, as it is known, was explored in 2016 and 2017 by a Franco-Saudi research team. The sculptures, some incomplete, were executed on three rocky spurs there. Though natural erosion has partly destroyed some of the works, as well as any traces of tools, the researchers were able to identify a dozen or so reliefs of varying depths representing camelids and equids. The life-sized sculpted animals are depicted without harnessing in a natural setting. One scene in particular is unprecedented: it features a dromedary meeting a donkey, an animal rarely represented in rock art. Some of the works are thus thematically very distinct from the representations often found in this region. Technically, they also differ from those discovered at other Saudi sites—frequently simple engravings of dromedaries without relief—or the sculpted facades of Al-Hijr (Madâin Sâlih). In addition, certain Camel Site sculptures on upper rock faces demonstrate indisputable technical skills. Camel Site can now be considered a major showcase of Saudi rock art in a region especially propitious for archaeological discovery.

Though the site is hard to date, comparison with a relief at Petra (Jordan) leads the researchers to believe the sculptures were completed in the first centuries BC or AD. Its desert setting and proximity to caravan routes suggest Camel Site—ill suited for permanent settlement—was a stopover where travelers could rest or a site of worship.

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More information: Guillaume Charloux et al, The art of rock relief in ancient Arabia: new evidence from the Jawf Province, Antiquity (2018). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2017.221

Journal reference: Antiquity search and more info website

Provided by: CNRS

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-02-life-sized-sculptures-dromedaries-saudi-arabia.html#jCp


TOPICS: Education; History; Outdoors; Travel
KEYWORDS: ancientcamel; camel; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; saudiarabia; sculpture

1 posted on 02/16/2018 12:23:24 PM PST by Red Badger
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To: SunkenCiv

PinGGG!.....................


2 posted on 02/16/2018 12:23:46 PM PST by Red Badger (Wanna surprise? Google your own name. Wanna have fun? Google your friends names......)
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To: Red Badger

And they’re beautiful, too. Lovely detail.


3 posted on 02/16/2018 12:27:12 PM PST by mairdie
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To: Red Badger

Arab porn...


4 posted on 02/16/2018 12:27:18 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: mairdie

Somebody had a lot of time on their hands...................


5 posted on 02/16/2018 12:28:26 PM PST by Red Badger (Wanna surprise? Google your own name. Wanna have fun? Google your friends names......)
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To: Yo-Yo

Or advertising.

Visit Abdul’s Used Camels!
Cheapest Prices in the Arabah!................


6 posted on 02/16/2018 12:29:50 PM PST by Red Badger (Wanna surprise? Google your own name. Wanna have fun? Google your friends names......)
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To: Yo-Yo

LOL.

Well, ancient peoples in that desert, were inspired by their camels???? Not much else to draw pictures of in that barren landscape.


7 posted on 02/16/2018 12:32:50 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Red Badger

Just another thread that is useless without pictures....


8 posted on 02/16/2018 12:35:19 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Red Badger
Just another thread that is useless without pictures....

Nevermind, slow loading here.

9 posted on 02/16/2018 12:35:53 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Red Badger

So did the Mt Rushmore sculptor. Years and years.

Saw a meme with a piece of the mountain blocked out for DJT. Lovely.


10 posted on 02/16/2018 12:44:30 PM PST by mairdie
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To: SunkenCiv

G G G Ping


11 posted on 02/16/2018 12:49:31 PM PST by freds6girlies (many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. Mt. 19:30. R.I.P. G & J)
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To: Red Badger

They still love their camels more than their women.


12 posted on 02/16/2018 12:49:43 PM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here of Citizen Parents__Know Islam, No Peace-No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: Lurkinanloomin

Well, they DO look better...................


13 posted on 02/16/2018 12:51:38 PM PST by Red Badger (Wanna surprise? Google your own name. Wanna have fun? Google your friends names......)
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To: Red Badger

So am I totally in the wrong for seeing a Star Wars AT-AT in that??


14 posted on 02/16/2018 1:03:19 PM PST by RikaStrom ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: Yo-Yo
Arab porn...

Probably has an orifice or two drilled in the rock.

15 posted on 02/16/2018 1:26:24 PM PST by Dagnabitt (Zero miles of wall completed. Wake me when MAGA starts.)
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To: RikaStrom

2000 years too early..................


16 posted on 02/16/2018 1:36:56 PM PST by Red Badger (Wanna surprise? Google your own name. Wanna have fun? Google your friends names......)
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To: Lurkinanloomin

They’d walk a mile for a camel.


17 posted on 02/16/2018 1:45:10 PM PST by relictele
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To: freds6girlies; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks freds6girlies.

18 posted on 02/17/2018 4:47:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: Red Badger

...and then along came Muhammad, the rubble razer


19 posted on 02/17/2018 10:54:01 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!�)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Most cultures, ancient and modern, erect statues, paint pictures, and create sculptures of females they find alluring.


20 posted on 02/18/2018 2:33:02 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Hillary: Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass GO. Do not collect 2 billion dollars.)
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