Time : July 19, 2018
The engravings are found on a rock in the heart of Jabal al-Manjor and Raat in Hail province. (Supplied)
Did lions ever roamed Saudi Arabia? Rock engraving by an ancient Thamudi artist who lived 10,000 years ago, answers this question as an engraving in Jabal al-Manjor and Raat at Shuwaymis in Hail Region shows a giant lion in its actual size on a rock facade.
Ancient Rock engravings in Hail Region of Saudi Arabia, which includes Jabel Umm Sinman at Jubbah and the Jabal al-Manjor and Raat at Shuwaymis, was added to UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015.
Shuwaymis is 300 kilometers south of Hail and it’s in the lava field where a volcano erupted a very long time ago. The volcanoes’ craters are still present on the lava field’s sides.
Lion of Shuwaymis
The lion engraving is done on a wide space of the natural rock, thus depicting the lion’s esteemed status which it held more than 10,000 years ago.
Ghathy said that there is an off road which does not exceed 30 kilometers that links Raat with Khaybar, breaking through the lava field, shortening the trip by at least 300 kilometers.
Tourism and archaeology
Prince Sultan bin Salman, the commission’s chairman, inaugurated the site in a ceremony held in front the famous mountain in Raat and al-Manjor.
The site is considered one of the remote sites that is difficult to get to considering the rugged terrain and the presence of more than 12 volcanic craters around it.