Arabian Rock Art Heritage

The Application of Advanced Imaging Technology to Saudi Arabian Rock Art

Al Diwan, Mada’in Saleh

In the middle of the Jebel Ithlib is a natural slit that measures 40 m (131 feet), called the Siq, after a similar corridor at Petra. At its entrance, to the right, is a square chamber containing three stone benches that served as a triclinium for sacred feasts. Today, the chamber is known as al-Diwan (court). Its large entrance suggests that the feasts extended into the open space before it.

This photograph is made from 182 individual photographs taken with the Canon G11 camera. The original photograph is 1980 megabytes and 710 megapixels.