Recent epigraphic evidence from the excavations at Al-ʿUla reveals a new king of Dadān

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  • Said F. Al-Said

    1. King Saud University, Prince Sultan Bin Salman Chair for Developing National Human Resources in Tourism and Archaeology, PO Box 2627, Riyadh 12372, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Abstract

A new Dadanitic inscription was recently discovered during archaeological excavations near the temple of the oasis city of Dadān, located in north-west Saudi Arabia. This inscription deals with a Dadanite king, who offers a dedication to a deity of Dadān. This deity appears for the first time and has never been mentioned in early Arabic literature. The dedicated stone shows representations of several animals and a palm tree illustrating Dadān’s religious symbols during the second half of the first millennium BC.

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