9,000-Year-Old Advanced Civilization Found in Saudi Arabia

13 September, 2011 at 20:01 | Posted in Culture, Science | Leave a comment
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Epoch Times Staff

Archeological evidence that an ancient society was domesticating animals including horses 9,000 years ago, 4,000 years earlier than previously thought, has been unearthed at Al-Maqar in central Saudi Arabia.

Named the Al-Maqar civilization, around 80 artifacts have been collected from the site, including mummified skeletons, spinning and weaving tools, and statues of animals such as ostriches, falcons, and a one-meter-tall bust of a horse. A horse burial has also been discovered.

Ali al-Ghabban, vice president of Antiquities and Museums at the Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquities (SCTA), said these findings challenge the theory that animal domestication took place 5,500 years ago, which is based on previous excavations in Central Asia.

“A statue of an animal of this dimension, dating back to that time, has never been found anywhere in the world,” Ghabban said, according to the Saudi Gazette.

Read more: 9,000-Year-Old Advanced Civilization Found in Saudi Arabia | Science | Epoch Times


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