Archaeological investigations in the north-western part of the Arabian Peninsula has increased during
the last 15 years. One of the major sites in the region is the ancient oasis of Taymāʾ, known as a
commercial hub on the so-called Incense Road connecting South Arabia with the Eastern Mediterranean.
In the context of this new research a multidisciplinary project by the Saudi Commission for Tourism
and National Heritage (SCTH) and the Orient Department of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI)
has been investigating the archaeology and ancient environment of Taymāʾ since 2004. A major aim
of this project was the development of new perspectives of the site and the region, characterised by
elaborating the local socio-cultural and economic contexts. So far, Taymāʾ has been known mainly
through exogenous sources.
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