Rajajil

A mysterious ancient site

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Al Jawf Province is rich in prehistorical sites and among them Rajajil is certainly the most famous one dating from the Bronze Age (4th to 2th millennia BCE). This funerary complex, extended along an east-west axis, and featured a number of burials identified by monolithic blocks more than 3 meters long, set into the ground one next to another. The complex is known to have been in use over a long period, since many monoliths were broken up into fragments to make burial chambers. Over 50 burials can be identified, ranging from single trench tombs to structures containing more than 10 funerary chambers.

Rajajil standing stones dating from Bronze (photo: Florent Egal)

Rajajil standing stones dating from Bronze (photo: Florent Egal)

Rajajil standing stones dating from Bronze (photo: Florent Egal)

Rajajil standing stones dating from Bronze (photo: Florent Egal)


A mysterious ancient site (author: Florent Egal with extracts from “Dûmat Al-Jandal, l’antique Adummatu”, Guillaume Charloux (CNRS), Romolo Loreto (University of Naples), EADS publication)

About the Author

My name is Florent Egal, I am a French national living in Riyadh since January 2010. After six years of exploration of Saudi Arabia I have decided to show with this website that KSA has much more to offer than the stereotype landscape of empty extends of sand dunes. I hope that after reading through these pages people will feel the same willingness and amazement than I have to discover this fascinating country