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Pharaonic inscription found in Saudi Arabia

An ancient hieroglyphic inscription bearing the name of Ramses III has been found near the oasis of Tayma, making it the first such inscription found in Saudi Arabia.

“The rock was bearing an inscription of King Ramses III, one of the kings who ruled ancient Egypt from 1192 1160 B.C.,” said SCTA Vice President for Antiquities and Museums Ali Ibrahim Al-Ghabban at a news conference on Sunday at the Commission on National Museum.

Al-Ghabban said the discovery was made in July. Since then researchers have posited that Tayma was on an important land route between the western coast of Arabia and the Nile Valley. Recent discoveries at the site prove Tayma was inhabited as far back as the Bronze Age (2,000 B.C.). The trade route has been used by caravans for centuries to carry goods such as incense, copper, gold and silver.

“The route connected the Nile Valley, Port Qulzum, the city of Suez, and then went by sea to Srabit near the port of Abu Zenima on the Gulf of Suez, where the archaeologists found a temple dedicated to King Ramses III, then across the Sinai Peninsula, where they also found several inscriptions similar to that found in Tayma,” said Al-Ghabban.

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  2. Egyptian hieroglyphics were quite unusual outside of Egypt. Egyptian Kings through-out history would write to their subjected territories in cuneiform, not in Egyptian text.

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