In Tayma, in northern Saudi Arabia, a enthusiastic and adventurous journey embarked on a new discovery that confirms Saudi Arabia’s fullness of precious treasures. There, the Saudi researcher, Mardi Galbach, found a valuable archaeological tablet bearing Aramaic inscriptions, dating back to the sixth century BC, on the outskirts of his city.
A few days ago, my patient toured a landfill to fill in the ruins of stone and mud houses. Experiments taught him to search among the ruins of old houses. He described his new discovery to “Al Arabiya.net” as a tablet paralleling the “Taima’s Obelisk” as well as the Aramaic stone discovered by Charles Hopper, which are currently on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris The National Museum in the Saudi capital is scheduled to display the new discovery.
For 40 years, the Saudi researcher has been searching for lofty and rich cultural monuments, while this love leads to loss, as he mentioned in his speech: “During the winter I went out at three in the afternoon and walked 9 kilometers, I did not feel myself from the many drawings and rock inscriptions I saw, the sun fell and I became afraid Because the place was overcrowded with wolves, and I felt close to them and they made the sound of them running towards me, 4 difficult hours passed in the desert at night, and the moonlight, which was reflected in my car windshield, saved me.”
He attributed the love of this work to his childhood, when his eyes opened to the palace of the Arab poet Al-Samawal Al-Azdi, who was several meters away from his home. He explained, “The first artifact was delivered in 1404 AH, when the school requested to bring an antique. At that time, the Antiquities Office was affiliated with the Ministry of Education.”
According to what he said, most of the discoveries are rock inscriptions and drawings, and inscriptions of Thamudic, Nabataean, Dadaani and Aramaic, in addition to the archaeological finds in Shaaban and Mazraa’. My patients determine the target location based on his reading of books and listening to researchers, as he went on trips that took days, towards the hills distributed in the deserts of the region, using safety tools.
The Saudi researcher has been cooperating with Saudi cultural institutions for four decades, starting with the Antiquities Office, passing through the Supreme Commission for Tourism and the General Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, all the way to the Ministry of Culture and the Heritage Commission. He was honored during national events for his efforts in his field.