International archaeological team ready to discover secrets of AlUla

Mada’in Saleh (Arabic: مَدَائِن صَالِح‎, romanized: madāʼin Ṣāliḥ, lit. ‘Cities of Salih’), also called Al-Ḥijr (ٱلْحِجْر) or “Hegra” (Ancient Greek: Ἔγρα),[1][2] is an archaeological site located in the Sector of Al-`Ula within Al Madinah Region in the Hejaz, Saudi Arabia. A majority of the remains date from the Nabatean kingdom (1st century AD).
ALULA (RAHNUMA): The ruins of the ancient North Arabian kingdom of Dadan have guarded their secrets for millennia. Lying in the sandstone mountains of AlUla in north-west Saudi Arabia, the kingdom controlled a strategically important oasis on the ancient inland spice and incense trading route running from what is today Yemen through the Arabian Peninsula, to Egypt, Syria and Mesopotamia and on to the continent of Asia. Yet its fate is a mystery to archaeologists.

One of the largest multinational archaeological teams recently assembled in the region is now poised to uncover this ‘missing link’ in Near-Eastern history.

The mission is the fruit of the partnership between the Royal Commission for AlUla, King Saud University, the French Agency for AlUla Development and the French National Center for Scientific Research.

Dadanite and Lihyanite culture dates back more than 2,700 years, pre-dating the Nabataean civilization and the Roman presence in the Arabian Peninsula and underlining the depth of history in the region.

The planned five-year excavations are expected to explain the fate of the kingdom and shed light on its role at the heart of the ancient inland trading route.


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