As Shwimes Rock Art
Shuwaymis is a fascinating place. This worldwide famous site contains some of the oldest and most outstanding carvings of the Arabian Peninsula. It was recognized in 2015 along with Jubbah as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO that stated: “The outstanding universal values embodied in the rock art of Jabal al-Manjor/Raat are the high quality of the petroglyphs (engravings) that display distinctively different rock art traditions over the last 10 000 years and reflect major economic and cultural changes, and the adjustments that people made to climate change in a region that has always been a bridge between Africa and the continents beyond.“
This rock art site is located 190 km north of Medina, to the north of the massive lava fields of the Harrat Khaybar. It is named after the closest village, Shuwaymis, but the carvings are in fact 30 kilometers to the west, at the southern end of a valley that runs in a broad north–south direction and contains a number of ancient wadis where water used to run when the Arabian climate was more humid.