Kites of AlUla County and the Ḥarrat ʿUwayriḍ, Saudi Arabia

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A comprehensive remote sensing survey of AlUla County in north-west Saudi Arabia has revealed 32 examples of the ancient, stone-built animal traps known as ‘kites’. Noting that most (27) are located on the Ḥarrat ʿUwayriḍ, a satellite survey of parts of that lavafield outside of AlUla County was undertaken, identifying a further 175 kites. These show commonalities with ‘V-shaped’ kites previously identified in mountainous areas along the western extents of the Arabian Shield in the Sinai Peninsula, Negev Desert and south-west Saudi Arabia. A study of the form and placement of these kites in their ecological and geological contexts suggests that they are representative of a distinct complex, exhibiting sophisticated morphological adaptations to target specific games over similar terrain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-22
Number of pages20
JournalArabian Archaeology and Epigraphy
Issue number1
Early online date10 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022


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