Ancient writing systems in the Mediterranean

A critical guide to electronic resources

Ancient South Arabian

- 11th/10th c. BC - 6th c. AD

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Bronze plaque (Riyaḍ 302) with ibexes and tree of life and bearing a Minaic dedicatory inscription. The plaque originates from the oasis of Qaryat al-Faw (Saudi Arabia) where a Minaean community of traders settled in pre-Islamic times (1st BC – 1st AD).
Source: Al-Ghabban, A. et al. (eds), Routes d'Arabie. Archeologie et histoire du royaume d'Arabie Saoudite. Catalogue Exposition Louvre Museum (14 juillet - 27 septembre 2010), 2010, Paris: Somogy, cat. 136.

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