Academic journal article Rock Art Research

Saudi Arabian Sites Proposed for World Heritage Listing

Academic journal article Rock Art Research

Saudi Arabian Sites Proposed for World Heritage Listing

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Like most countries in the world, Saudi Arabia does not have a rock art property on the UNESCO World Heritage List, yet it is one of the rock art-richest countries. But in early 2014, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities submitted two of the most outstanding rock art complexes for inclusion on the List, those of Jabal Umm Sinman at Jubbah and of Jabal al-Manjor / Jabal al-Raat near Shuwaymis. Both monuments are in the Hail region. The nomination was prepared by Majeed Khan and Robert G. Bednarik, building on their work in the region for over one decade (Bednarik and Khan 2002, 2005).

Both properties comprise large numbers of petroglyphs representing numerous periods of almost the entire Holocene. The most outstanding component is the Neolithic tradition, epitomised especially well at the Shuwaymis sites, which were re-discovered only in 2001. …

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