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abu dhabi: Archaeologists have discovered the skeletons of at least 40 wild camels thought to be more than 6,000 years old.

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) made the find at Al Gharbia.Some of the camels were young adult animals, while others were much larger."The camel skeletons discovered in the Baynunah region of Al Gharbia represent the largest sample of ancient wild camel bones so far discovered in Arabia," said Dr Mark Beech, cultural landscapes manager in the historic environment department at ADACH.Traditionally it was believed the camel was first domesticated during the Bronze Age, around 4,000 years ago. But recent work from sites in Sharjah has demonstrated the camel was not domesticated until the Iron Age, 1,000 years later.

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Date:Aug 6, 2008
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