Qataban and Sheba: Exploring the Ancient Kingdoms on the Biblical Spice Routes of Arabia

Qataban and Sheba: Exploring the Ancient Kingdoms on the Biblical Spice Routes of Arabia

Qataban and Sheba: Exploring the Ancient Kingdoms on the Biblical Spice Routes of Arabia

Qataban and Sheba: Exploring the Ancient Kingdoms on the Biblical Spice Routes of Arabia

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Herein lies the story of a dream, which like many dreams occasionally achieved nightmarish qualities. To some the high point of my story will lie within the Queen of Sheba's city where disaster overtook our expedition. To others the lions of Timna, the discovery of Miriam, or the Temple of Venus may take precedence over tragedy in the Kingdom of Yemen. I hope that these pages may stimulate those who, for better or worse, are born explorers, but I warn all others to whom romance, adventure, science, travel, and the lure of the unknown beckon that the fulfillment of their dreams may also bring upon them the torture of split lips, swollen tongues, frozen fingers, dysentery, fever, heartbreak, and monotony beyond compare--all major parts of the explorer's life.

Today the door stands wide open for exploration, with "Brightest Africa" presenting a field laboratory of continental proportions for scientists of the most varied specialties.

In "Happy Arabia," however, the bell has just rung and the door swings ajar, still awaiting those equipped to open it wide. For here lies one of the last of the world's relatively unknown areas. It is this land of sand and dust, Bedawi and jambiya, buried temple and mud palace, that awaits our return to bring new life and activity.

But there are great difficulties. Today portions of South Arabia are beset with political intrigues, and border disputes abound.

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