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

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AFTERWORD BIRTH PAINS OF AN EXPEDITION

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Two of the most common queries to me after a showing of my lecture film, "Exploring Shebaland," or in private conversations are: "How do you become the organizer and leader of scientific expeditions?" and "How do you raise money and equipment for expeditions?"

The answer to both questions is much the same--desire, hard work, unlimited faith, enthusiasm, and a certain amount of luck with the added essential of knowing or meeting the right people. These generalizations, however, are no more enlightening than most generalizations. The queries can best be answered, I think, by a brief summary of my own experiences in getting started as a leader of expeditions and in raising funds and obtaining equipment for major projects in Africa, Sinai, and South Arabia.

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be an explorer. This childhood ambition of mine was given every conceivable encouragement by my mother, who as a girl, had prospected the gold dust trail by pack mule with her father and mother throughout California's High Sierras.

During the Depression years one developed early an ability to speak with speed and precision while selling newspapers and magazines on the street corners of Oakland, California, at the advanced age of ten. Later this ability was put to the acid test while painting house numbers on street curbings in Antioch,

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  • 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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