Sunday, April 19, 2009

ARAMAIC WATCH - A rare American tourist encounters Nabatean (Nabataean) tombs in Saudi Arabia:
A highlight was a visit to Madain Saleh, a group of 131 monumental tombs carved into rock cliffs from the first century B.C. to the first century A.D. by the Nabateans, the same people who carved Petra in Jordan. They had two capitals, Petra in the north and Madain Saleh in the south. These tombs are remarkably well-preserved and include inscriptions in Aramaic.