A Peculiar Inscription Containing Arabic & Nabataean Characters At Sakakah, Saudi Arabia

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Probably pre-Islamic.


A curious mixture of Arabic and Nabataean characters showing the diacritical points associated with Arabic letters ب, ت, and ن.


According to Winnett and Reed:

Not far from this drawing was a peculiar inscription, half-Arabic, half-Nabataean in appearance, deeply engraved in the red sandstone rock. Its interpretation is uncertain.


Sakakah, Northern Saudi Arabia.

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[1] F. V. Winnett & W. L. Reed with contributions from J. T. Milik & J. Starcky, Ancient Records From North Arabia, 1970, University of Toronto Press: Toronto (Canada), p. 11 and picture on p. 12.

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