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A figure of a camel head can be seen in this rock-relief.
This new finding is rare, as Arabian rock art from the Neolithic period (10,000 BC) to modern times tends to be linear and two-dimensional.
They said 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.
The researchers wrote in their study that the 'relative scarcity of ancient Arabian rock reliefs has been a significant barrier to understanding the development, function and socio-cultural context of such art'.
However, why the artists chose to carve these animals in such a remote area remains a mystery.While artistic depictions of camels have existed in the region going back millennia, the latest discovery is described as 'unprecedented' in its scale.Located in the province of Al Jawf in north-west Saudi Arabia, Camel Site, as it is known, was explored by a Franco-Saudi research team.Located in the province of Al Jawf in north-west Saudi Arabia, Camel Site, as it is known, was explored by a Franco-Saudi research team'Technically, they also differ from those discovered at other Saudi sites - frequently simple engravings of dromedaries without relief - or the sculpted facades of Al Ḩijr.'In addition, certain Camel Site sculptures on upper rock faces demonstrate indisputable technical skills.
Out of 4,000 registered archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia, 1,500 include rock art.