BMC Archaeologist, Students Unearth Evidence of Early Camel Domestication in Arabia

Posted January 10th, 2012 at 6:41 pm.

Peter MageeThe recent excavation work of Associate Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archeology Peter Magee and a group of Bryn Mawr students may lead to a better understanding of the expansion of human settlements during the Ancient Near East Bronze Age, according to an article in The National, an English-language newspaper published in the United Arab Emirates.

Magee and the students have turned up evidence that the areas in which they’re excavating may have see the earliest known domestication of the wild camel.

From the article…
Three American undergraduate students from the Philadelphia college are in charge of sifting through the never-ending piles of dirt.

Akshyeta Suryanarayan, 20, picked up a flat-looking rock and asked Mr Magee if it was a piece of pottery.

“No, that looks like a turtle shell,” he said.

“We’ve found a lot of interesting things, and it’s cool to learn how it works out here on an excavation site,” said Sara, while prodding a few pieces of 3,000-year-old bird bone.

“Our discoveries will mean that some of the early ideas about the transition into this more intense period of occupation around 1000 BC clearly need to be rewritten – some of which I wrote 15 years ago,” Mr Magee said.

“We need to think about the fact that new evidence changes opinions, including our own, and that is exciting.”

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