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

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SALAAMS TO THE PRESIDENT

During the last two weeks of the first season's work there was a burst of speed at the South Gate site, which had now moved considerably inside the gate itself. After discovery of the bronze lions, Kenny Brown and his crew continued excavating in the square, and from this great storehouse of debris salvaged many beads, bronze ornaments, cooking pots, and vases, some of which were complete, as well as numerous tables of offering, alabaster reliefs, tablets, and fragments of inscribed bronze.

Some of the staff thought we had too little time to move further inside the city, but Kenny had his eye on a high sand dune beyond the square that seemed to command both the square and the gate. Suspecting that there might be a building beneath that pile of sand, he carried out a little private reconnaissance with a few workmen. Within fifteen minutes they uncovered the top of a very imposing wall. The perfectly cut blocks were fully four times as large as those of the other buildings we had unearthed, and the masonry was flawless. This must be, we all felt, a most important public building. Its discovery settled the problem for us, even with so little time left.

Most of our labor force was shifted to this site and concentrated on digging a trench eight feet wide northward along the west wall of House Yafash, which would connect the square and South Gate with the beautiful new building, which we temporarily christened Building C. Some of the men were set to re

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Author's Preface vii
  • Field Staff - American Foundation Arabian Expeditions xi
  • Contents xiii
  • 1 - Turn Backward, Turn Backward 3
  • 2 - Search for a Site 8
  • 3 - The Essence of Mukalla 16
  • 4 - Through the Hadhramaut 23
  • 5 - The Dig 40
  • 6 - Mountains and Clouds Of Sand 53
  • 7 - "Weakness of the Bones" 65
  • 8 - Bal Harith Tribesmen 76
  • 9 - The Lions of Timna 89
  • 10 - The Queen of Sheba 103
  • 11 - Miriam and the Gold Necklace 109
  • 12 - Professor Albright 120
  • 13 - Salaams to the President 125
  • 14 - Mount Sinai 133
  • 15 - Eileen 146
  • 16 - The Scaifes 154
  • 17 - Cities of the Dead 163
  • 18- Lady Bar'At 171
  • 19- Back to 1000 B.C. 180
  • 20 - Temple of Venus 186
  • 21 - Into Forbidden Yemen 194
  • 22 - Audience with the Imam 203
  • 23 - Across Unexplored Land 210
  • 24 - The Queen's City 218
  • 25 - Farewell to Beihan 231
  • 26 - Qataban Revealed 243
  • 27 - Troubles in Marib 248
  • 28 - Confusion Compounded 262
  • 29- Danger at Sheba 273
  • 30 - Escape! 301
  • 31 - Charges And Countercharges 321
  • 32 - Unknown Oman 329
  • Afterword Birth Pains of An Expedition 341
  • Substantial Contributors - American Foundation for the Study of Man 351
  • Index 355
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