Mada’in Saleh: why are there rock-carved tombs in the middle of the Saudi desert?


Talk by Micha Tobia

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Mada’in Saleh: why are there rock-carved tombs in the middle of the Saudi desert?

Details

Date: 10/15/2017
Originally presented in Beirut
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Description

Mada’in Saleh is an archeological treasure hidden in the middle of the Saudi desert. With more than 130 monumental rock-carved tombs, it was, after Petra, the second most important city of the Nabataean Kingdom. But how did this remote location come to be such an important center for that civilization?

Sources & Future References

  • Alpass, P (2011) The Religious Life of Nabataea. Doctoral thesis, Durham University. Available at Durham E-Theses Online: http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/3293/
  • Gulyás, V. (2017). Saudi Arabia’s Hidden City: Exploring Mada’in Saleh. The Culture Trip. https://theculturetrip.com/middle-east/saudi-arabia/articles/saudi-arabia-s-hidden-city-exploring-mada-in-saleh/
  • Nehmé, L. (2010). Ancient Hegra, a Nabataean Site in a Semi-arid Environment. The Urban Space and Preliminary Results from the First Excavation Season. Bollettino di Archeologia, G(G5), 3rd ser., 13-25. Retrieved from www.archeologia.beniculturali.it.
  • Nehmé, L. (October-December 2013). Au royaume des Nabatéens en Arabie Saoudite : l’archéologie à Madain Salih. Moyen-Orient, 20, 86-91.
  • Powell, E. (July/August 2010). Petra’s Sister City. Archaeology, 63(4), 20-26. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/41780582
  • Supreme Commission for Tourism (2007). Al-Hijr archaeological site (Mada’in Salih) – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia nomination document for the inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. UNESCO. http://whc.unesco.org/uploads/nominations/1293.pdf
  • Weche, M.J. (2015). WEP 2015: Unearthing the history of Mada’in Saleh. KAUST News. https://www.kaust.edu.sa/en/news/wep2015-unearthing-the-history-of-madain-saleh
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hgt4uPQraY

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