Archaeologists in Saudi Arabia excavate forgotten kingdoms

Archaeologists are excavating forgotten kingdoms in Saudi Arabia

Location: Al Ula, Saudi Arabia

The sites are remnants of the ancient kingdoms of Dadan and Lihyan

which were important regional powers that flourished 2,000 years ago

Archaeologists hope to learn more

about their worship rituals, social life and economy

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CO-DIRECTOR OF DADAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT, ABDULRAHMAN ALSOHAIBANI, SAYING:

"This Saudi-French partnership aims to try to accelerate the pace of work to understand the largest aspects of the kingdoms of Dadan and Lihyan. Excavations in this project is currently being carried out in five sites at the same time. The first area is an Islamic area, and we are trying to understand the nature of its presence. The second area which we are now in is the temple area. The third area is perhaps the residential area. Therefore, we try to understand the nature of social life among the Dadani and the Lihyani people. The fourth area is the cemetery area and therefore we try to understand more about funeral customs. So, it's a project that really tries to unlock the mystery of the Dadan and Lihyan civilizations."

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