Saudi Arabia discovers development signs during Neolithic period in NW region-Xinhua

Saudi Arabia discovers development signs during Neolithic period in NW region

Source: Xinhua

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2024-07-10 03:55:00

RIYADH, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday the discovery of development signs of a more sophisticated society during the Neolithic period in its northwestern region, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The discovery is the findings of a study conducted by a team of archaeologists under the supervision of the Saudi Royal Commission for AlUla, an ancient Arabic oasis city, according to the SPA report.

In the first comprehensive description of human settlements in the northwest of Saudi Arabia, the team found evidence indicating that the region's inhabitants in the 6th and 5th millennium BC were more stable and developed than previously thought.

The inhabitants of this area were herding cattle, practicing the jewelry industry, and doing the business of trade, as their location helped them to engage in their trade with the various neighboring areas such as East Jordan and areas overlooking the Red Sea, the study found.

The research tests hypotheses about how the first inhabitants of northwestern Saudi Arabia lived, Jane McMahon, an archaeologist, was quoted as saying.

She noted that these inhabitants were not just shepherds living simple lives, but had distinctive architecture, dwellings, domesticated animals, ornaments, decorations and various tools. Based on the number and size of stone circles, their numbers were likely enormous and much more than previously thought.

Several experts, including a scientific team from King Saud University, and the citizens of AlUla participated in the study.