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Camels emerge from the dusts of oblivion

08.23.2020, by
Three years ago, in a virtually unexplored part of northern Saudi Arabia, exceptional animal sculptures depicting life-sized camelids and equids were discovered. Were they carved by the Nabateans some 2,000 years ago? New fieldwork at what is now called the “Camel Site” revealed much earlier origins. Follow the researchers on their 2019 expedition.

Guillaume Charloux is an archaeologist at laboratoire Orient et Méditerranée (CNRS/Université Panthéon-Sorbonne/Sorbonne Université/Collège de France/ École pratique des hautes études). Yamandu Hilbert studies prehistory at laboratoire Archéorient environnements et sociétés de l'Orient ancien (CNRS/ Université Lumière Lyon 2). Maria Guagnin is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute. Rémy Crassard is a researcher at the The French Center for Archaeology and Social Sciences (CEFAS)Pascal Mora is a 3D engineer at laboratoire Archéovision (CNRS/Université de Bordeaux/Université de Bordeaux-Montaigne).

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