Archaeology in the Nefud – 2016 season

Huw field trip - cropThree weeks of archaeological survey and excavation were conducted in the Nefud Desert, east of Tayma, Saudi Arabia. The combined team of specialists in various disciplines came from the Palaeodeserts Project, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, and the Saudi Geological survey. More than 30 new archaeological and paleaontological sites were discovered during the season, and thousands of stone tools and animal fossils recovered.

The findings cover a broad span of prehistory, from the Lower Palaeolithic to the Neolithic, and offer several important avenues in understanding human history, climate change and the fauna of Arabia. Excavations were conducted at several sites. The Saudi Geological Survey helicopter was used to survey deep into the Nefud Desert. Several publications are envisaged on the findings of the season.