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17th century HYBRID War Camel skeleton found in Tulln


Archeologists have found the complete remains of a camel from the Ottoman war. It’s believed that the remains – which were found in a cellar – belong to a camel, which was brought over from the Ottoman Empire during an ancient war. The findings are amongst the most interesting and most miraculous of any findings in the area or for that particular time period. The camel was likely from the Ottoman-Habsburg wars during the 17th century, which would place the camel as being a valuable riding animal.

Archeologists aren’t entirely sure how the camel’s life ended, but it’s not exactly normal for the animal to be buried completely in tact. For example, it’s believed that it might be that the camel died of natural causes – only then to be buried by its owner. That would explain the way that it was left fully in tact. Researchers contend that if the animal died for another reason there would have been a deterioration of the remains – causing parts to be missing from the overall find.

Archaeozoologist Alfred Galik pointed out a few things about the findings though, overall. First, he pointed out that they were “exotic” for the region – and that they wouldn’t have been present there otherwise. Second, that the uniqueness of the in tact skeleton is certainly impressive. However, third, and perhaps most interesting was the fact that the camel was likely a hybrid between a single hump and two hump camel.

He said, “Hybrids were easier to handle, more enduring and larger than their parents. These animals were especially suited for military use.” This is why they were so frequently used within the military space during that time. However, that just adds to the overall find. It adds intrigue and it adds basis for further research to determine why the camel was there beyond simply being owned by a military person. The further learning that can take place and the extra information that can be gained from this find is certainly something that will be intriguing for years to come.

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