Sites & cities that bear the name of Qaryat al-Faw

Qaryat al-Faw

Today in : Saudi Arabia
First trace of activity : ca. 4th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 4th century C.E
Recorded names : قرية الفاو‎, Qaryat Dhu Kahl, Qaryat al-Hamraa, Dhat al-Jnan, Al Faw

Description : Qaryat Al Faw (Arabic: قرية الفاو‎) was the capital of the first Kindah kingdom. It is located about 100 km south of Wadi ad-Dawasir, and about 700 km southwest of Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. The Al Faw archeological site reveals various features such as residential houses, markets, roads, cemeteries, temples, and water wells.It is famous among linguists for being the site of the first and only attestation of "Old Arabic": an inscription in Sabaic script dating to the 1st century CE. The inscription's language is considered to be a precursor of Arabic, which itself is first attested in the 328 CE Namara inscription in Syria.

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