Footprints in Saudi Arabia ... are 120,000 years old

A joint international Saudi archeology team discovered footprints of humans, elephants and predators around an ancient, dry lake on the outskirts of the Tabuk region dating back more than 120,000 years from now.

The CEO of the Saudi Heritage Authority, Dr. Jasser bin Sulaiman Al-Herbash, said that this new and important archaeological discovery represents the first scientific evidence of the oldest human presence on the land of the Arabian Peninsula, and it also provides a rare glimpse into the environment of the living during the movement of humans to this part of the world.

Al-Harbash confirmed in a press conference held yesterday in Riyadh that this discovery and other archaeological discoveries highlight the Kingdom's development in the field of archaeological discoveries through high-level national competencies working in cooperation with universities, government agencies and research centers around the world in the work of excavation for antiquities in various regions of the Kingdom.

He explained that archeology in its various forms is an integral part of heritage activities, which includes four tracks: antiquities, urban heritage, handicrafts, and tangible heritage.

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