Survey – University of Copenhagen


The main goal for the survey has been to map the area around the Qa’ Shubayqa, to unfold the different settlements and estimate the time periods represented in the region.

Season 2013 uncovered amongst many sites and interesting discoveries, a large complex area to the East of the Qa’ Shubayqa. This is where the 2014 survey season was carried out, resolving in several desert kites, cairn concentrations, lithic scatters, and hundreds of walls, the periods stretching from the Upper Palaeolithic all the way to the Islamic periods.

Amongst the sites discovered, the site locally known as ‘The Paw of the Dog’ provided a
massive number of inscriptions and rock art depictions on basalt boulders and
bedrock outcroppings.