rock drawings are from Neolithic period (6000 to 3000 BC) are just 100 kms. away – west of Riyadh

The way, the modern man tries to leave a land mark for his existence, so did the ancient people in different forms. One such form is the petroglyphs or rock engravings. This rock art provides information about the lives of the people who inhabited the area.
Archaeologists have divided the human cultural developments into different stages, e.g. Paleolithic (Old Stone Age) and Neolithic (New Stone Age). Paleolithic peoples were hunter-gatherers while Neolithic peoples were farmers.
The rock drawings on this site are from Neolithic period (6000 to 3000 BC). It is suspected that the area once contained flourishing grassy plains, which disappeared as the climate grew drier. These drawings are all around on the top of small hill, separated from the main escarpment and are carved into exposed stone. Typically depicting animals, the carvings are of two kinds: engraved images and pecked images made by chipping at the surface of the stone. We can distinguish humans and their weapons, ostriches, ibex etc. These were probably done by hunters in their spare time as they kept watch for prey.

Location: West of Riyadh (about 100 kms) on Riyadh Makkah Highway. After the small town of Jelha, look out for an exit to the right ?Musayqirah?. Take that exit, the road ends after 500meters; continue on the left track down the escarpment (about a km). Now you can see a small rocky hill at about 3 or 4 kms to the north which is the site to be visited.
Important: The track from highway to the site (about 4kms) needs 4×4 due to sand?.but if you feel you are expert at 2 wheel drive and can manage , tracks can lead you to the site..

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