Monday, October 17, 2011

Desert inscriptions

Safaitic, Greek and Arabic inscriptions are found all through the basalt deserts of Jordan and beyond, sometimes in proximity to ancient Cairns and other structures - but not all of them are ancient. Here are some we came across yesterday on the top of the basalt Mesas east of Azraq that we suspect are a little more modern. What could have made us so suspicious?

An Arabic inscription on Qattafi Mesa 7. Photo: Bob Bewley.

An Arabic inscription on a tower tomb atop Qattafi Mesa 3. Photo: Rebecca Banks.

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