Al Jassasiya Rock Carvings consist of numerous rock-carvings on a number of rocky ridges in the North-East of Qatar that invite for hiking and exploring. The place is mysterious and leaves many unanswered questions.
Best way to Al Jassasiya Rock Carvings
An easy Drive from Doha. Go north on Al Shamal Highway until you reach Exit 66. Go right there and continue until the intersection, where you take a left turn. After about 3 Kilometres you will see a large fenced off area. Park your car outside and enter through one of the gates on all sides of the area.
Prehistoric petroglyphs, sandstone quarry, rock formations
A great site for exploring historic rock-carvings (petroglyphs) in Qatar. The carvings depict boats, fish, scorpions and round holes that resemble cup-holders. They are believed by some to have been used for old board-games. However there is no compelling evidence for that theory. Neither the function, nor the age of the rock-carvings is known and disputed by researchers. It is known however, that the sand-stone in the area has been quarried for use in construction. In addition to the petroglyphs you will see markings of the tools to break the boulders apart for use in construction.
Important Note: The whole area is under protection. Please stay on the clear paths and do not touch the petroglyphs. Thus these rare Qatari archeological features will be preserved for future generations. It is strictly forbidden to take anything from the area. Take only pictures and leave only foot-prints. Thank you!
Hike, explore rock carvings, spot lizards,
Beautiful rocky scenery that invites to do a little hike. While it is not easy to find all the rock-carvings, you should find some when venturing out on the many paths. A great activity with kids! The rocks also host many small lizards, which are most active early in the morning and during late afternoon. There is a platform that provides a little bit of shade and invites to have picnic underneath.
Best time to visit Al Jassasiya Rock carvings
Due to the lighting, sunrise and sunset are the best times to visit the rock carvings in Jassasiya. Furthermore the lack of shading and the hilly terrain makes the noon time especially exhausting.
Facilities at Al Jassasiya Rock Carvings
There are no facilities in the Area. However, the closest possibility to buy supplies is in Al Khor. Bring plenty of water, snacks and sun-protection and anything else you might need outdoors.
Fun Facts about Petroglyphs
Did you know? It is often not possible to date petroglyphs accurately. Scientists are only able to detect the age of the stone with petroglyphs on them, not the petroglyph itself.
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Pictures of other rock-carvings