The Ashmolean

Iraq: Navel of the World

City Life [11]

Camels were domesticated by the Arabs, enabling long-distance travel across waterless deserts and steppe. They were first used in Iraq in the 7th century BC. These lively camels, on a 13th-century manuscript, may be on their way to the well for a good long drink.
[Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris]

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