PHOTOS: Najran’s mountains, a massive museum of rock inscriptions

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Time: December 06, 2018  

Several civilizations existed in Najran, thus enriching the city’s history more than a 100 archeological sites. (Supplied)

Saudi Arabia’s Najran is famous for its historical and archeological sites that are rich with ancient inscriptions and writings.

The inscriptions narrate the stories of consecutive civilizations which continue to stand after thousands of years.

Mount Hama is one of those sites, and it is being prepared to be included in the World Heritage List.

Najran could become the largest open museum of rock inscriptions in the world, according to Saudi archeologists’ expectations which are based on the results of the operating teams in the area.

Discoveries of inscriptions are still being made, especially in the location of the Hama Well.

Several civilizations existed in Najran, thus enriching the city’s history more than a 100 archeological sites.

Recent archeological discoveries in Najran, which were made via Saudi and international teams supervised by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, show signs of life of people from civilizations dating back to the Stone Age.

According to the latest discoveries, the origins of Najran’s civilizations date back to the Upper Paleolithic geologic time period.

Researchers also found traces of very old lakes that have now disappeared, showing that this area in the Empty Quarter (Rub’ al Khali) was historically significant, with ancient Arab kingdoms fighting over it to control this green oasis.

It has also been made clear that the location was economically significant because of its main passage being one of the most important trade routes at the time.

This article was first published in Al Arabiya English  

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