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

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29 DANGER AT SHEBA

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As we drew to a stop I was surprised to see wild desert tribesmen riding by at full speed. I thought we were receiving a true Beihani welcome, but Bob Carmean, who was on hand to greet us, explained that for some days a war had been going on between tribes living around Marib and others living around Sirwah. The airfield was a sort of no man's land between them, and a good many wounded Bedus had been coming to expedition headquarters asking for treatment. Commander Gilliland was obviously going to have plenty to keep him busy whenever his main medical supplies arrived by truck from Aden.

His first patient, in fact, came to him before he had unpacked. It was the Amel himself, on whom we paid a courtesy call even before visiting our headquarters and saying hello to the other expedition members. Before the end of our visit, the governor, Saiyid Abdul-Rahman, asked for an examination by our doctor, who happily complied the next day, giving the Amel some medicine for his preventable ailments and pointing out that he was looking forward to the arrival of his full medical equipment so that the expedition might offer its facilities to other Yemenis, as it had in Beihan.

Our first visit with the governor was, as we expected, a diplomatic and social call devoted to coffee, compliments, and good wishes. The Amel was surprised to see with us a distinguished Abyssinian gentleman, Emir Soumsan, who at the King's order

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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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