First day off after 10 days of arriving, planning and digging. The team went in several different directions exploring the historical and scenic sites of the country. One set walked into Petra to see the fantastic ruins of the Nabatean city and it's Roman development. Another group travelled north to Kerek, a huge crusader castle later developed and used by the Mamluks. Following this they visited the Dead Sea and paddled in the sharp intensely salty water. The plan was to also try to take in Shobak, but unfortunately this was too ambitious given the light and distances involved. Images below give a flavour of some of the locations and indicate typical behaviour of archaeologists out of their usual habitat.