The Petroglyphs of Masil and the surrounding Quartz fields
Updated: Nov 14
November 2023: I would like to share a photo journal of my weekend exploring the Wadi Masil area, which is an approximately 8-kilometer-long dry valley basin across the Jabal Al-Jimh, a scraggy hilly ridge located 200 kilometers west of Riyadh. This area was a part of my most recent off-road trip.
I also visited some quartz fields and marveled at the discovery of important petroglyphs in this area.
During the weekend, we visited some well-known areas that are significant to archeologists and epigraphists. These areas are home to several important sites that contain ancient carvings etched into rocks. More details on the history of the petroglyphs can be found here.
These carvings are considered some of the most significant historical inscriptions in the Riyadh Province as they provide detailed accounts of the conquests of ancient Yemeni kings throughout the Arabian Peninsula. We had a great time exploring and off-road driving, and the experience was truly fascinating.
On Friday, we left Riyadh at 8.30 am and traveled 314 km west; on Saturday, we covered 303km, returning to Riyadh in the late afternoon. We camped overnight and brought provisions for one dinner, two lunches, and one breakfast. The sky looked ominous at times, but we didn't have rain.