Archaeologists during excavations in northwestern Saudi Arabia discovered rock inscriptions and drawings dedicated to the Babylonian king Nabonidus.
The discovery was reported by Al Arabiya News. It was made in the city of Khael. It was carried out by archaeologists from the Saudi Arabian Heritage Commission. They discovered amazing rock inscriptions and drawings, which are already recognized as the largest of their kind ever found on the territory of the kingdom.
The drawings date back to the 6th century BC. Scientists have determined that the central figure is the image of Nabonidus, the last king of Babylon. He ruled the New Babylonian kingdom from 556 to 539 B.C.
It is interesting that he is called the “archeologist king.” The fact is that Nabonid paid great attention to the rebuilding of ancient temples. The surviving texts say that in his dreams one or another deity appeared to him and commanded the king to rebuild a particular temple using the ancient customs and rituals. Nabonidus therefore sought with incomprehensible zeal the memorable bullae that his predecessors had laid in the foundations of temples.
He also went down in history as the last king of Babylon of the Chaldean dynasty. At the end of his reign the state was conquered by the Persians led by Cyrus the Great. In a drawing found by archaeologists, Nabonid is depicted surrounded by religious symbols, he holds a scepter in his hand.
The drawing is accompanied by an inscription of 26 lines – the longest found in Saudi Arabia. It has yet to be deciphered. In a statement, the researchers say the find is “further evidence of the kingdom’s historical role as the cradle of civilizations in the Arabian Peninsula.