Al-Sawda site is located in Yemen, near Saada. It was the subject of several archaeological French campaigns.
Twenty year ago, from a mound of 4 m high, emerged pillars and lintels decorated. We know now that this is the ruins of a temple of the god Athtar during the 8th century BC, which re-used blocks of monuments of the Bronze Age. On the pillars in the courtyard were found South Arabian writing showing the name of the city: Nashshan, became an independent kingdom that had its heyday from the 8th to 6th BC.
Another monumental inscription mentions the kingdom of Sheba: "Labuan Yada son of Yada ab, built the temple Yafa'at on the order of Athar Shariqan, Wadd, Aranyada, Athtar dbu-Garib and Athar Nashq. With the brotherhood of Almaqah and Sabean King Karibilu and the Kingdom of Sheba."(Excerpt from "Yemen ground archeology" of William and Jeremiah Charloux Schiettecatte). The same "Karibilu king of Sheba" is mentioned in a text of Sennacherib.
Another temple called Aranyada, inside the old city, has delivered other writings that show at the same time, five city-states in the Jawf region and a supreme god of the kingdom of Sheba.