At the crossroads of ancient trade routes
As a zone where Mediterranean and Asiatic cultures came into contact, the al Jawf Region is of crucial importance for the history of Arabia and the ancient Near East. The region contains a vast range of archaeological sites from different eras stretching from the Paleolithic to the 19th century.
The name al Jawf, which means “cavity, depression” in Arabic, refers to the geomorphology of the area, which is characterized by wide wâdîs (valleys or beds of seasonal streams) and huge plains that give the region its varied appearance, with altitudes varying from 500m to 980m.
Here are the main sites to visit in Al-Jawf Province:
At the crossroads of ancient trade routes (author: Florent Egal with extracts from “Dûmat Al-Jandal, l’antique Adummatu”, Guillaume Charloux (CNRS), Romolo Loreto (University of Naples), EADS publication)