The dating was conducted on the oldest known camel bones in the Arabian Peninsula.These were found at the remains of a copper-smelting site called the Arava Valley, between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea.In addition to the radiocarbon dating, researchers noticed camel bones also suddenly became prominent near ruins of human settlements about that time.

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Radiocarbon dating has pinpointed the time when camels arrived in the Middle East, and those findings appear to directly contradict the Bible.

The Old Testament states camels were regular pack animals in the stories of Jacob, Joseph and Abraham.

Scholars generally date those events to between 15 BC.

New experiments, however, show camels were likely not domesticated in the area until 900 BC.

The copper camp was explored by Erez Ben-Yosef and Lidar Sapir-Hen, researchers from Tel Aviv University, during a dig in 2009.

He led a second expedition to the site in 2013, in order to pinpoint the time when camels first appeared in southern Levant, a region which includes the area of ancient and modern-day Israel.

The domestication of the camel had a significant effect on the people of the land.

Since these animals could travel much further than mules and donkeys, longer trade routes opened up, allowing the free flow of goods, money and ideas.

With the adoption of camels as a domestic animal, primitive copper smelting operations became more sophisticated, and began using centralized labor.