Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

Mission archéologique de Madâ'in Sâlih (Arabie Saoudite) : Recherches menées de 2001 à 2003 dans l'ancienne Hijrâ des Nabatéens

Abstract : This contribution presents the preliminary results of the Madâ'in Sâlih archaeological project, which started in 2001 and which, in December 2004, completed its fourth field season. The aims of this five-year project are a systematic recording of the archaeological remains at the site as well as an analysis of its agricultural potential. The former include not only the tombs, sanctuaries, wells, quarries, walls, buildings, etc., but also the inscriptions written in various scripts and languages. Parallel to this exploration of what is visible on the surface, an extensive geophysical survey was undertaken in the so-called residential area, in the central part of the site, in order to obtain an image of the sub-surface remains. This contribution begins with a presentation of the sources, followed by a brief history of the exploration of Madâ'in Sâlih. The focus is on the conditions which allowed this project to be established as well as the problematics which guided it. J.-B. Rigot then presents his analysis of the agricultural potential of the site, demonstrating the existence, in antiquity, of a large oasis. Finally, a preliminary description of the main components of the sites: the necropoleis, the sanctuaries and the residential area, is given.
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadata

https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00681888
Contributor : Laila Nehmé Connect in order to contact the contributor
Submitted on : Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 4:38:59 PM
Last modification on : Saturday, June 25, 2022 - 8:37:14 PM

Identifiers

  • HAL Id : hal-00681888, version 1

Citation

Laila Nehmé, Isabelle Sachet, Thomas Arnoux, Jean-Claude Bessac, Jean-Marie Dentzer, et al.. Mission archéologique de Madâ'in Sâlih (Arabie Saoudite) : Recherches menées de 2001 à 2003 dans l'ancienne Hijrâ des Nabatéens. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy, Wiley, 2006, 17, pp.41-124. ⟨hal-00681888⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

442