Saudi Arabia on a mission to unfold its archaeological treasures

The researchers estimate that the sculpted camels date back to 100 BC and AD 100. (Supplied)

Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman, Chairman of the National Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, has said that exploration teams are searching for ancient and historical treasures in Saudi Arabia, as part of a huge project that will uncover the diversity of cultural and historical civilizations found in the Arabian Peninsula.

As many as 35 joint archaeological missions are bringing together Saudi archaeologists and others from around the world to search for undiscovered historical treasures. Each time, more archaeological discoveries are made in Saudi Arabia, it grabs global attention, he said.

The latest discovery was that of life-size camel sculptures in the desert rocks of al-Jouf city. Dr. Jahz Al-Shammari, Director of the General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage in Al-Jouf Region, said that this discovery opens up further research on camels and its history in the Arabian Peninsula.

The validation of the site by the French expedition as a historical archeological site, gave more international attention to this new discovery in Al-Jouf, although the discoverer is one of the Saudi experts in the field of archeology.

The researchers estimate that the sculpted camels date back to 100 BC and AD 100, based on the similarities in artistic style with cultures that flourished during that era.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52
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