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Horses in Arabia

7 March 2013

More on the story of horses in Arabia before horses arrived from the Russian steppes. This is at www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21538969 … and concerns a recent archaeology in the heart of Arabia's desert which has revealed evidence that an early farming community existed there when the desert was a lush green valley, around 9000 years ago. Various stone tools, arrow heads, and the like were found but what intrigues everyone are the stone replicas of animals such as sheep, goats, ostriches, and a horse. Other items show the site was in use much earlier than that, at least as far back as 50,000 years ago, and this strongly suggests the area was an agreeable place to live over all that time and the theory that it was only during peaks in monsoon rain associated with small orbital shifts associated with the Milankovitch model, may not quite be the reality it is assumed to be.

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