خريبة الحجر: وهي موقع أثري لمدينة قديمة ضمن موقع مدائن صالح سكنها الثموديون ثم الأنباط وعثر فيها على أسس من الطين إضافة الى أعداد وفيرة من المعثورات تمثل عملات وأواني مختلفة وخرزاً وأحواضا حجرية لسقي الدواب، والمباخر والمسارج والزجاج والتماثيل الطينية الصغيرة(دمي) لأشكال آدمية وحيوانية وكذلك معثورات من العاج والخشب والمعادن مثل العملات والفخار بمختلف الأنواع، ويعود تاريخ هذه المعثورات إلى حضارة الأنباط Al-Kheraibah: It is one of the areas located within Madian Saleh. Thomedians lived in this area and then followed by Nabutians. Miscellaneous groups of isolated walls of mud with stone foundations are found in this area, in addition to this plenty of utensils and beads were discovered here. Stone basins used for watering sheep and keeping water birds are available. Small mud figurines in the human forms were also found. Large amount of wooden, metals and ivory articles were discovered beside ancient coins and various kind potteries. For more information: http://www.scta.gov.sa
Modern civilization began right here in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley. Also known as the Fertile Crescent or Mesopotamia, this is the place where, six thousand years ago, agriculture, writing and mathematics were brought into widespread use.The term "Middle East" comes from the British navy, which used it to describe the countries on the trade route from Europe to India and China. Everything from Afghanistan to Morocco may possibly be classified as "middle eastern", depending on whom you ask -- and when.Only a partial list of past Empires in the middle eastern territory includes Sumeria, Babylonia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Roman Empire!When northern Europe was still lurking about in slimy cold stone castles playing chess, the Middle East was enjoying the flowers of poetry, luxurious craftsmanship, music and literature. In fact, the Renaissance in Europe was partly inspired by stories brought back from the middle east by travelers along the trade route.Strategic location, religious history and the world's largest supply of crude oil have kept the Middle East at the center of world activity for centuries. The saga continues.Text by Steve Smith.