DescriptionHegra is the ancient name of the site known as al-Hijr and Mada'in Salih, in the Saudi Arabian Hijaz. This site is the most impressive Nabataean archaeological site after Petra in Jordan, and was the first Saudi Arabian site to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008. The exploration and excavations undertaken at this site since 2002 by a Saudi-French team have increased drastically our knowledge of its history from roughly 500 BC to AD 500, and have revealed much on the daily life of the Nabataeans, on their religious rituals, funerary practices, agricultural activities, diet, houses, etc. This lecture will present the most significant results of this research program and put them in the context of Nabataean studies.
Laïla Nehmé is a French archaeologist and epigraphist. She is a senior research fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. She has been working in the Middle East for the last twenty-five years (Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia). She has been the director (2002-2006) and is now the co-director of the Saudi-French Archaeological Project (2008-2014). Her field of research is Nabataean studies in general, with a particular interest for themes such as religion, urban space, and a specialisation in Nabataean epigraphy. She has just published the first volume of the Archaeological and epigraphic Atlas of Petra (in French, 2012) and is the author of many contributions on Nabataean archaeology and epigraphy.
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