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The archaeological and architectural remains of the ancient city of Faid in the province of Hail in Saudi Arabia

The archaeological and architectural remains of the ancient city of Faid in the province of Hail in Saudi Arabia
The archaeological and architectural remains of the ancient city of Faid in the province of Hail in Saudi Arabia

The research for this thesis was conducted as a result of a lifelong interest in the ancient archaeological site of Faid in Saudi Arabia.  The purposes of the study are many.  One of the more important is to date the site, but the researcher was also interested to determine the historical role of Faid.  The ancient city flourished as a result of the spread of Islam, and it was located on the pilgrim road from Iraq to Meccah and Medinah.  The early chapters of the thesis examine, therefore, the historical, geographical, topographical, social, political and economic factors related to the development of the city.  Previous references to Faid are also examined, with a view to obtaining as much information as possible.  Both the early chapters and later discussion also make references to studies in other parts of the Arabic and Islamic world, in order to make comparisons, which in turn help to date the site.  The thesis also attempts to determine the relationship the city had with other centres of the Islamic world.  The central chapters of the thesis are concerned with the survey and excavations in the city.  Of main interest are the plan and design of the houses, the castle, well and water tanks, the building techniques, the finds (pottery, glass, soft stone, metal objects and coins) and inscriptions.  All of the above indicate the period of the golden age of Faid, and the discussion finally concludes with some suggestions about the reasons for the demise of the city.  Finally, the appendices provide photographs of the building remains and artefacts as well as maps and plans relevant to the study.

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Al-Hawas, Fahad
Al-Hawas, Fahad

Al-Hawas, Fahad (2003) The archaeological and architectural remains of the ancient city of Faid in the province of Hail in Saudi Arabia. University of Southampton, Doctoral Thesis.

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The research for this thesis was conducted as a result of a lifelong interest in the ancient archaeological site of Faid in Saudi Arabia.  The purposes of the study are many.  One of the more important is to date the site, but the researcher was also interested to determine the historical role of Faid.  The ancient city flourished as a result of the spread of Islam, and it was located on the pilgrim road from Iraq to Meccah and Medinah.  The early chapters of the thesis examine, therefore, the historical, geographical, topographical, social, political and economic factors related to the development of the city.  Previous references to Faid are also examined, with a view to obtaining as much information as possible.  Both the early chapters and later discussion also make references to studies in other parts of the Arabic and Islamic world, in order to make comparisons, which in turn help to date the site.  The thesis also attempts to determine the relationship the city had with other centres of the Islamic world.  The central chapters of the thesis are concerned with the survey and excavations in the city.  Of main interest are the plan and design of the houses, the castle, well and water tanks, the building techniques, the finds (pottery, glass, soft stone, metal objects and coins) and inscriptions.  All of the above indicate the period of the golden age of Faid, and the discussion finally concludes with some suggestions about the reasons for the demise of the city.  Finally, the appendices provide photographs of the building remains and artefacts as well as maps and plans relevant to the study.

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Published date: 2003

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/465234
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Author: Fahad Al-Hawas

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