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

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27
TROUBLES IN MARIB

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Since additional funds, equipment, and personnel were required for the expedition to Marib, Eileen and I flew back to the United States to look after these essentials. Many of our staff had to return to their normal duties, since they had signed on only for the Beihan campaign and could not take additional time for the work in Yemen, much as they wanted to. Several stayed with us, however, and set to work almost immediately on the formidable task of preparing matters in Yemen. Bob Carmean became field director at Marib, and paid his first visit there as early as June 7, 1951. A bit later he was assisted by Chester Stevens, photographer, who added many other duties as circumstances required.

Charlie McCollum helped Bob Carmean get supplies and equipment moved from Beihan to Marib, then took on the task of representing the expedition at Aden, Hodeida, Taiz, and elsewhere, with occasional visits to Marib as well. He had to establish bases and ports of entry for our supplies and equipment, and arrange for ways by which they could reach Marib--no easy task in Yemen, where things enter from the outside with the greatest of difficulty and move about inside almost not at all. Until facilities were properly established, I could not very well send a major party to undertake excavations. Expecting that this should be done by late August or early September, I attacked the American end of the work as vigorously as possible.

As things turned out, I could have taken my time, although I

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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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