Banner image 2014

Banner image 2014

Friday, 28 November 2014

Friday - Train, trips, tiredness, treat and wrap-up

First, a couple of videos from yesterday's train ride, courtesy of our friend Sate. You can easily spot the rail joins!

Also easy to appreciate the vulnerability of the train on it's fixed path through that landscape. It's no wonder that the geurrilla tactics of Lawrence and the Arab forces were so effective, both in destruction and in building fear.

In answer to a question regarding yesterday's pictures, the rock piles in the foreground of some of the images are in fact parts of the wall of the fort on the high point at Fassuah Ridge. It might be clearer to see in the image below. 

It's hard to see, but the fort is located on the top edge of the slight incline descending left to right, about 1/3 across the image from the left. This image is taken from the area of the tented encampment on the flat plain which sits just above the main drop down the escarpment into the Arabian desert. The position of the fort is perfect, offering commanding views of the whole area looking south, including the camp and down into Batn Al Ghul.

This afternoon was our final project wrap-up session, with talks from the directors and the opportunity for questions, comments and discussion about the season and then plans for the ongoing work and publications. This also included a show and tell session of all the finds from this year, which produced further lively, interested discussion. 

Straight after this we went out to dinner at a lovely hotel/restaurant several miles away, and the meal, the ambiance of the place and camaraderie of the group combined into a really beautiful evening to complete the day and celebrate the project.

To be continued...

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