Hail: Unearthing archaeological evidence of the Babylonian King Nabonidus

Today, the Heritage Authority announced a new archaeological discovery in the Al-Hitt Governorate in the Hail region, “in the north of the Kingdom.” It consists of rock inscriptions belonging to the Babylonian King Nabonid in the middle of the sixth century B.C.

The archaeological discovery consists of an inscription on one of the basalt rocks depicting the Babylonian king holding a sceptre in his hand, and in front of him a number of religious symbols, in addition to the presence of a cuneiform text whose approximate number of lines reaches 26 lines, making it the longest written text found so far in the Kingdom.

The Heritage Authority explained that the new discovery is subject to study and analysis by the authority’s specialists, provided that the details of the discovery will be announced after the completion of its study and analysis and linking it to the previous results that were recently documented in the northwest of the Kingdom.

This archaeological discovery is in addition to previous discoveries of stone inscriptions and obelisks in a number of sites between Tayma and Hail that mention the King of Babylon “Nabonidus”, and which prove the expansion of cultural and commercial contact between the Arabian Peninsula and the civilizations of Mesopotamia.

The site of the wall, known in the past as “Fadak”, represents an important site in northwestern Arabia from the first millennium BC until the early Islamic era, where a group of drawings, rock inscriptions and early Islamic writings were found on the sides of its mountains, in addition to the site containing a group of castles, forts and walls. And the water facilities that give another dimension to its cultural importance.


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