Documentary Film based on Gibson's book: Qur'anic Geography
 

 

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Meda'in Saleh
Diwan Area Photos
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Map of Tombs 

Diwan Area 

 Tombs: Exteriors and Interiors

 Niches, Altars and God Blocks

 Tombs by number and description

 Tomb Decorations, Falcons, Faces, etc

 Meda'in Saleh home

 The Siq is a narrow entrance through which people would pass to enter the Diwan area.  The Diwan or meeting room. There are many of these rooms in Petra and Al-Baydha where the tribes would meet during pilgrimage, to eat a memorial meal to celebrate the dead.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

The Diwan area had running water. In this photo the two individuals are looking down into a cistern. Rain water was collected from the rocks above and directed into the cistern along a channel cut in the rocks. You can see the channel on the right edge of the photo about the middle. The end of the channel has warn away leaving the water to just run down the side of the rock and into the cistern.

 

 

The channel continues along the wall to the left until it reaches a place where water ran down a crack.

 

 Right: Various forms of writing can be found on the canyon walls. Some of it is ancient, some of it is more modern.  
 Right: Arabic inscription above older inscriptions.  
 Right - lots of writing scratched in the rocks.  
 Lots more graffiti.  

 Right: There are many god blocks around Petra. Note the one on the right with steps up to it, so people could approach the god block.

The god block on the far right exhibits the "three goddesses" El-Lat, El-Manawat, and El-Uzza.

 
 More god blocks.  
   
 Right: More God blocks. The far right one has an inscription.  
 More God blocks.  
 Yet more god blocks.  
 Right: The Three goddesses again.  
 Right: The rocks around MS are filled with petrogyphes from pre-Islamic times. Before Islam, this area was inhabited by tribes known to Muslims as Thamudic Tribes.  
   
 More graffiti  
 Right: There are steps up to a location that some have surmised was a place of sacrifice.  
 Near the Diwan there are a number of strange symbols. Could these be the faint remains of a game board?  
 Right. The remnants of an ancient game board.  
   

Map of Tombs 

Diwan Area 

 Tombs: Exteriors and Interiors

 Niches, Altars and God Blocks

 Tombs by number and description

 Tomb Decorations, Falcons, Faces, etc

 Meda'in Saleh home