Relative and chronometric absolute dating techniques

The relatively high frequency of hunting scenes in contrast to pastoral ones could also reflect the greater risk invested in hunting forays, and therefore perhaps more accompanying rituals.

Wild species targeted as prey by Neolithic hunters included: the aurochs (now extinct large-horned wild cattle), onager, ibex, bezoar goat, oryx, addax, and gazelle.

Although it is difficult to state the absolute ages of most of the rock art studied in this project, there are certainly general trends, best estimates and bracketing dates, which will be provided whenever possible.

The earth at that time was considerably colder and the ice caps were much larger than they currently are.

Many species, such as mammoth and woolly rhinoceros thrived in Eurasia and the mammoth, mastodon, camel and giant sloth lived in North America.

This is not typical of the rock art in Saudi Arabia, however, which tends to be exposed and lacking any settlement or camp next to the cliff face.

A palimpsest of animals from different ages at Shuwaymis: Faint images of Neolithic aurochsen (wild cattle), more recent camels and cavalryman, still younger men with exaggerated hands.

Relative and chronometric absolute dating techniques