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Browning Memorial Lecture: Ancient Hegra - the Excavations at Madâ’in Sâlih, Saudi Arabia

Madâ’in Sâlih excavations.jpg6pm, Thursday 11th November 2010

Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, The British Museum, London WC1 

Iain Browning Memorial Lecture, jointly with the British Museum

A lecture by Zbigniew Fiema, Department of Classics, University of Helsinki

Followed by wine

Madâ’in Sâlih facades

Abstract

Madâ’in Sâlih is large archaeological site in the Hijâz, located ca. 300 km SE of Petra, which was a major Nabataean political and commercial centre on the incense route. Similarly to Petra, the site features spectacular rock-cut tomb facades from the 1st century A.D. Since 2008, the Saudi-French Project has carried out archaeological excavations at the site, including the settlement, the monumental tombs and the cultic areas, which produced a wealth of information on the chronology of the site, building techniques, material culture and external contacts. The results of these investigations strongly indicate that the site was occupied much longer than originally thought, i.e., in the 2nd-4th centuries A.D., and probably also in the 6th. In addition to a brief introduction to the site, this presentation will concentrate on the results of the excavations in the residential area. 

 

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