Doha: The Heritage Commission in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that it unearthed rare archaeological finds it believes date back to the pre-Islamic ages, reported the Saudi Press Agency.
The Musnad (ancient South Arabian script) inscriptions were uncovered along with three rings and a bronze bust of a bull at Al Ukhdud in Najran.
The large inscription was found on a granite stone, consisting of one line approximately 230 cm long and 48 cm high, with its letters 32 cm long, making it the longest Musnad inscription found in that region.
The three golden rings unearthed at Al Ukhdud had butterfly-shaped motifs on top, and all had the same shape and size.
A bronze bull’s bust was discovered with traces of oxidation and is currently under restoration. Experts believe that the bull’s head was one of the most prevalent and common items among the kingdoms of southern Arabia in pre-Islamic times. It symbolized strength and fertility, and is the most important and prominent symbol among several Arabian tribes.
The heritage comission added that many pottery jars of various sizes were also found at the Al-Ukhdud site, in addition to an important archaeological discovery of pottery that is believed to date back to the 3rd century BC.
These discoveries were made during the 2022 archaeological excavation project carried out by the Saudi Heritage Commission at the Al Ukhdud site in the Najran region.
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