Saudi Arabia’s Maida’n Salah – The Tombs

The Tombs


A large draw of Maida’n Salah are the many tombs from the Nabateean people.  If you are not aware, the tombs are where the Nabateean’s buried their dead.  Some of the tombs have inscriptions outside (provided by archeological teams) which identify some of the families who occupied specific tombs.  Some tombs were for women only; some for men.  Others held entire families.  Most of the tombs which were similar to a room one could step into could be described as a chamber with indentations carved into the sides of the chamber where the bodies were laid to rest.  There was no evidence of artifacts or jewels or any other treasures had been buried in the tombs with the deceased as had been done in Egypt.  And as I mentioned in one of the earlier introductory posts about Maida’n Salah, there was a distinguished class structure with elite and richer families having large spacious tombs where by comparison, the poorer Nabateean’s were laid to rest into the ground itself.  When one views the actual size of the carved burial plot, it makes one think the Nabateean’s were below average in size.  The largest plot did not exceed 5 feet and the plots were also pretty narrow as well, maybe eight to ten inches across.  It is likely that not all of the tombs have been uncovered yet.









According to one reference which I read, it states that Maida’n Salah has 113 tombs dated to the period from the first century BC to the years 75 AD.  Some of the famous tombs include Qasr Al-Ajouz, Qasr Al-Bint and Magnificent Qasr known as Al-Fareed.  Al-Fareed is the only tomb which has four pillars decorating the entrance as compared to the other larger tombs which traditionally have only two.







The tombs are set in Al-Diwan, the religious center of the Nabateeans, where they worshipped Allat and Manat.  A separate area not too far from the tombs was set up where they worshipped, had a temple and held various sacrifices.













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