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  • Saudi archaeotourism push
     OP - April 11, 2021, 08:51 PM

    saw the glossy ad  on tv - saudi was not mentioned.

    Quote from:
    Al-'Ula was the capital of the ancient Lihyanites (Dedanites). The governorate contains the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Saudi Kingdom, called Hegra (also known as Al-Hijr, or Mada'in Saleh / Mada'in Salih), 22 km (14 mi) north of the city. Hegra (Mada'in Salih) was built more than 2,000 years ago by the Nabataeans. Al-'Ula, the ancient walled city, is packed with mud-brick and stone houses.[4]
  • Saudi archaeotourism push
     Reply #1 - April 11, 2021, 09:33 PM

    Al-'Ula looks interesting:

    I guess they'll have to mention Saudi at some point though.
  • Saudi archaeotourism push
     Reply #2 - April 12, 2021, 04:11 PM

    wonder if the saudis are trying to restrict archaeological work to ancient arabia and not the late pre-islamic period

    Quote from:
    Archaeologist Laila Nehmé, co-director of the Hegra Archaeological Project—a French-Saudi partnership working to safely excavate the site—explains why Nabataeans remain such a mystery despite their influence. “The reason we don’t know much about them is because we don’t have books or sources written by them that tell us about the way they lived and died and worshipped their gods,” she says.

    maybe not. a potential oversight by those tasked with selling their culture to westerners.

    Recent studies of inscriptions in Saudi Arabia (including these around Dumat al-Jandal) increasingly suggest that by the 6th cen Christianity was widespread in the interior of the Arabian Peninsula. Great stuff from Laila Nehmé:

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