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Archaeologist Guillaume Charloux, a research engineer at CNRS in France, said: 'Though natural erosion has partly destroyed some of the works, as well as any traces of tools, we 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.
The earliest examples date to around 12,000 years ago.Some include images of rare antelope, aurochs, wild camels and African asses, previously not known to live in this area.Aurochs, the ancestors of modern domestic cattle, were also depicted in the drawings as well as wild camels and African wild asses.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.