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Baynunah Camel Site

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Camel Hunting

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This site preserves the remains of a 6,000-year-old hunt of wild camels, long before these animals were domesticated
Nearly 6,000 years ago in the Al Dhafra Region of western Abu Dhabi emirate, a group of Neolithic period hunters successfully brought down a larger number of wild camels, creating the earliest and largest known mass kill site of wild camels in the world.   Thousands of years before the domestication of camels, these hunters killed and butchered dozens of the animals at the site.    The study of the site provides important insights into ancient life in Abu Dhabi, including the hunting practices of Neolithic people. As well, because wild camels no longer exist, this site is important in providing unparalleled insights into the biology of the wild progenitor of today’s domesticated camel.

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A flint projectile used to kill the wild camels was found at the Baynunah Camel Site.

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