Rock Art in the Ha'il Region

Rock Art in the Ha'il Region (Arabic: الفنون الصخرية في منطقة حائل) is the fourth site in Saudi Arabia to be inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites.[1] The rock art includes two components situated in the desert of the Ha'il Region: the first is Om Sinman mountain at the city of Jubbah, and the second is al-Manjor and Raat at Al-Shuwaymis. An ancient population left traces of their passings in petroglyphs on the rock's surface, holding 8,000 years of history.[2][3][4][5]

Rock Art in the Hail Region of Saudi Arabia
UNESCO World Heritage Site
النقوش الصخرية جبة حائل.jpg
Rock Art in the Hail Region
LocationSaudi Arabia
Includes
  1. Jabal Umm Sinman
  2. Jabal al-Manjor and Jabal Raat
CriteriaCultural: (i), (iii)
Reference1472
Inscription2015 (39th Session)
Area2,043.8 ha (5,050 acres)
Buffer zone3,609.5 ha (8,919 acres)
Coordinates28°0′38″N 40°54′47″E / 28.01056°N 40.91306°E / 28.01056; 40.91306Coordinates: 28°0′38″N 40°54′47″E / 28.01056°N 40.91306°E / 28.01056; 40.91306
Rock Art in the Ha'il Region is located in Saudi Arabia
Rock Art in the Ha'il Region
Location of Rock Art in the Ha'il Region in Saudi Arabia
Rock Art in the Ha'il Region is located in West and Central Asia
Rock Art in the Ha'il Region
Rock Art in the Ha'il Region (West and Central Asia)

The committee in its 39th session choose the site together with two different sites.[6] Since this site has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Saudi Commission for Tourism has sought to further protect the cultural site. These efforts include increasing the buffer zone, repainting and refurnishing the petroglyphs, developing a monitoring system, and more.[2]

Inscription criteriaEdit

The rock art in the Hail Region was inscribed for some criteria.[1] It involves numerous petroglyphs which were created using various methods with simple stone hammers revealing the human creative genius. It also a significant witness of human struggles against the environmental catastrophes.[1]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Rock Art in the Hail Region of Saudi Arabia.
  2. ^ a b Centre, UNESCO World Heritage. "Rock Art in the Hail Region of Saudi Arabia". whc.unesco.org. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  3. ^ Guagnin, Maria; Perri, Angela R.; Petraglia, Michael D. (2018-03-01). "Pre-Neolithic evidence for dog-assisted hunting strategies in Arabia". Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. 49: 225–236. doi:10.1016/j.jaa.2017.10.003. hdl:10072/412752. ISSN 0278-4165.
  4. ^ November 2017, Megan Gannon 20. "8,000-Year-Old Rock Art Includes the World's Oldest Images of Dogs". livescience.com. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  5. ^ "The first-ever depiction of dogs shows them on leashes". Newsweek. 2017-11-17. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  6. ^ Sites in Italy, Jordan and Saudi Arabia inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.