Nabataean woman resurrected 2000 years later: About the lost Nabataean civilization
In Saudi Arabia, scientists reconstructed the face of a woman named Hinat 2,000 years ago, bringing her back to life. The rework, the first of its kind, aims to make new discoveries about the lost Nabataean civilization. The Nabataeans were a people with a developed culture who lived in the geography of today’s Saudi Arabia in the 4th and 1st centuries BC.
Saudi Arabia has begun displaying a 3D reconstruction of the face of a Nabataean woman who lived nearly 2,000 years ago in the city of Hegra in Al Ula, the country’s first UNESCO world heritage site.
Archaeologists explained that the woman was a wealthy person throughout her life and her name was “Hinat”. Experts also noted that Hinat’s skull and skeleton were found in 2015, along with the remains of about 80 people.
The research leader, Dr. Helen McGauran said, “The Nabataeans are still a pretty mysterious civilization to many people. “I hope this project enables people to relate to the faces, characters and stories of the Nabataeans in a much more profound way than perhaps before.”
“The Nabataeans, an Arab civilization that arose centuries before Christ, became a wealthy people after expanding from Petra southward to what is now northwestern Saudi Arabia, trading in spices and other luxury goods. The Nabataeans settled in Hegra in the 1st century BC.”
On the other hand, the team of archaeologists and other experts came together in London to create a character animation for ‘Hinat’ in 2019 and completed the 3D reconstruction in July 2020.
Hinat, who was brought back to life after 2,000 years, has been hosting its visitors at the Hegra Welcome Center since February 6 under the supervision of the El Ula Royal Commission.
ABOUT THE NEBATIS
Archaeologists in Saudi Arabia are working on the lost Nabataean civilization known to have once lived here in Al Ula, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Even though the Nabataeans left behind advanced examples of stone architecture, many cities belonging to this culture have not yet been discovered. The Nabataeans BC. It is estimated that they settled in the region for 100 years and stayed here for about 200 years.
As the Nabataeans ruled their empire from the impressive city of Petra in Jordan, they made Hegra (modern Mada’in Saleh) in Al-Ula their second capital. The Nabataeans lived in northern Arabia and the southern Levant from the 4th century BC to AD 106.
Developed architectural traditions were influenced by Mesopotamian and Greek cultures. They carved temple and tomb facades into the rocks. No serious texts or literary works have been found, although there are many examples of Nabataean graffiti and inscriptions.
Their existence as an independent civilization came to an end with the occupation of the Nabataean lands by the Roman Emperor Trajan.
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