Enhancing Access to Arabian Rock Art Archives

Author(s): Sandra Olsen

Year: 2018


Petroglyphs and inscriptions have been investigated in the Arabian Peninsula at least since 1879, when Lady Anne and Wilfrid Blunt crossed the An Nafud desert and stopped at the now famous site of Jubbah in northern Saudi Arabia. Since that time explorers from England, Belgium, Germany, the US, and the Saudi Department of Antiquities, have recorded images from north to south. Archival materials, including field notes, photographs and letters are available at various institutions, but there is no central repository or website that provides information on access to these sources. Since 2013, the Arabian Rock Art Heritage website (Saudi-Archaeology.org) has presented photographs and documentation based on recent exploration. Now, an effort is being made to expand it with a complete catalogue of photographs from this project and a resource guide to archives at other institutions. The goal is to greatly expand access to archival records for archaeologists and epigraphers around the world to enhance and advance research.

Cite this Record

Enhancing Access to Arabian Rock Art Archives. Sandra Olsen. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444361)

Spatial Coverage

min long: 34.277; min lat: 13.069 ; max long: 61.699; max lat: 42.94 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 20283