First post today is a question for you. One of the team spotted a rather unusual find in the desert today. Can you see it in the image below? Answers later...
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In the meantime, here are some more pictures from the work site, which is the southern most of three related fortifications along the Hijaz down towards Mudawarra.
Meanwhile other team members worked on smaller, nearby features.
No prizes for identifying the image above. It's a tent ring!
Above: Planning the large feature.
Here following are a couple of aerial shots showing the location of the main feature and nearby trench system at the station, which sadly we haven't had time to fully investigate.
Some good guesses as to the find in the first picture - it's easier to see in this one above, and the images below reveal it's true nature.
It's the front of a small Meerschaum pipe bowl, just over an inch tall, which would have been the sort used by higher ranking personnel as it differs from the large, chunky ones used by the conscripted men. The pictures show it replaced in a cleaned up area of the sand, and initially it was in amongst much more desert debris. This little man looked up from the desert at us after ying there for around 100 years, and we found him.