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

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CONFUSION COMPOUNDED

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Eileen and I arrived in Aden on January 15, 1952, and were met by Charlie McCollum and Jama, who had been there for some time, and by the new members of the expedition who had arrived two days before. These were Commander Charles H. Gilliland (M.C., U.S.N.), our new medical director assigned to duty with us by the Navy's Surgeon General, Admiral Lamont Pugh, who had been with me on the African expedition; John H. Scarff, architect and historian from Baltimore; James Rubright, archaeologist from Akron, Ohio, and the University of Chicago; Ralf Andrews, archaeologist from the University of Oklahoma; and Richard Bussey, administrative assistant and business manager, from my home town of Concord, California.

From Charlie I received more details about troubles in Marib, but not many because he had received few of the messages Bob Carmean tried to send him. If I had known the full story, I doubt that I would have taken the rest of the party into Yemen at all, but would instead have tried to get the others out. It's hard to tell, however. I might have thought that an audience with the King in Taiz would remove major obstacles. But, knowing only a very small part of the Marib story and expecting as friendly a reception in Taiz as before, we set out from Aden, arriving at the King's city without difficulty on January 22. All of our party, except Eileen and me, had official visas to enter Yemen, and we two did not feel they were necessary because we had always en-

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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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