Umm Qraieh, a stone with rock art southwest of Petra

Fawzi Abudanah, Saad Twaissi, Zeyad al-Salameen, Mohammad B. Tarawneh

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This paper presents and discusses the archaeological evidence for Ancient rock art and Thamudic inscriptions from a site in al-Rajif south of Petra in southern Jordan. The site is a large sandstone called Umm Qraieh “Mother of reading” by the local people in the village of al-Rajif. Human and animal figures, inscriptions, footprints and other symbols were engraved on the upper surface of the stone during multiple periods. The paper includes a reading of the deciphered inscriptions and a discussion concerning rock art in general and the significance of Umm Qraieh in particular.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalMediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 29 2015


  • Al-Rajif
  • Ibex
  • Rock art
  • Thamudic
  • Umm Qraieh

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Conservation
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology


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