Hieroglyphic inscriptions discovered in Saudi Arabia
By: Mustafa Marie
Sun, Jan. 13, 2019
CAIRO – 13 January 2019: Saudi Arabian archaeologists discovered a hieroglyphic inscription illustrating the signature of King Ramses III, one of the kings of Pharaonic Egypt.
Al-Arabiya channel broadcasted the discovery of the inscriptions in Tayma in Northern Saudi Arabia,one of the largest archaeological sites in the kingdom and the Arabian Peninsula.
The Hieroglyphic inscription was found on a fixed rock, near the Tayma oasis. It bears a royal signature (a double cartouche) of King Ramses III.
Several additional Aramaic, Thamudic and Nabataea inscriptions, as well as ancient illustrations of cattle, ostriches and snakes were discovered.
King Ramses III is the most famous ruler of the 20th Dynasty known by the Greeks as Rampsinitus. He followed his father Ramses II's reign to embark on massive construction projects.
According to historians, it is customary that such inscriptions are engraved only in the presence of the Pharaoh himself, and this is an indication that Ramses III was present in this region.
The Saudi archaeologists conducted a field research in which they found a direct commercial route linking the Nile Valley with Tayma.
The route was used during the reign of Ramses III in the 12th century B.C., in which the Egyptian convoys traveled to purchase precious goods such as Copper, gold and silver.
The route passes from the Nile Valley into the port of Alqulzm, Suez, where a temple of King Ramses III is located.The route then continues near the port of Abu Zenaim on the Gulf of Suez, where inscriptions of King Ramses III were found.
The passage then crosses the Sinai Peninsula, passing by the Abu Ghda valley near the Nakhl Oasis, where a double cartouche named after King Ramses III was discovered.
It is noteworthy that a number of archaeological discoveries made in Egypt were previously discovered in a number of archaeological sites in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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