Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Day 8 - Mudawarra

Today we traveled further south than at any time in previous GARP seasons, to Mudwarra. As the journey time was around 2 hours and 45 minutes, we stopped for safety break at Wadi Rutm station. 

This small, sprawling town is a few kilometres north of the Saudi Arabian border and has naturl water, which has led to some cultivation along the roadside nearby. It is also adjacent to the location of three large fortifications which were the scene of a major battle towards the end of 1918.

The site and the battle are described in a variety of sources and it is known that around 160 Ottoman troops were stationed on the three redoubts which were attacked by British and Arab forces. 

Today we climbed the steep, sandy sides of the northern redoubt to the large walled enclosure to begin investigations. This is a very large site and will require lots of study, thought and excavation over the next few days.

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