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Written In Stone: Pre-Islamic Period Inscriptions
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Thamudic (6)

Written from left to right.

L h b r b n

(The name of a person)

Thamudic (Musnad al Shamali) inscriptions constitute the oldest scripts found in Arabia. They can be dated as early as the latter half of the second millenium BC. These inscriptions are mostly from northern Saudi Arabia, but they can be found throughout the Arabian Peninsula.
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20cm x 17cm x 3cm
NMSA Object #865
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Pre-Islamic Exhibit: Origin & Develpment | Thamudic | Lihyanite | Safaitic | Musnad al Janubi
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