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Evidence found for early camel domestication

Archaeologists working in the United Arab Emirates have found 3,000-year-old evidence of domesticated wild camels.

“We’ve found evidence that we traded with the rest of Arabia during this time, and that was not really possible until the camel was domesticated.”

Last week the team unearthed painted figurines of camels with saddles on them, which Mr Magee said attests to the theory of the changes in trading patterns.

They have also found thousands of ceramic shards, stone vessels, sea shells, bronze items, animal bones and an inscription written in an extinct language from Yemen.

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Story: Marie-Louise Olson, The National | Photo: Jaime Puebla, The National

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