|Flight track log from 20141015 - the survey of the basalt near Uweinid we conducted is particularly prominent.|
|Qasr el-Uweinid. © `APAAME_20141015_RHB-0050.|
So, what did we see? With over 2,000 images taken by the three of us (Bob, Becc and Mat) in 7.5 hours (see flight trace of today’s excursions) the highlights are particularly difficult to select. Our aim was to survey parts of the black basalt desert in the eastern part of Jordan, starting at Azraq and heading as far east as Ruweishid. Predominantly our targets in this region are prehistoric sites, but Qasr Uweinid always stands out as such a wonderfully situated Roman fort, on a promontory.
|A Pendant with a close shave. © APAAME_20141015_RHB-0123.|
|A kite with wheel enclosure built over it. © APAAME_20141015_RHB-0463.|
There were many Kites but the light this time of year highlights them so well – and rare to have both a Wheel and a Kite so entwined.
|YAMOUK written in basalt across a mud pan landing ground. © APAAME_20141015_RHB-0303.|
|The 'KENSINGTON' landing ground. © APAAME_20141015_RHB-0441.|
|Remains of a camp near "Kensington". © APAAME_20141015_RHB-0443.|
So, why the longest day? We left the Institute in Amman at 0630, and started flying at about 0715 and didn’t get back to Marka, after a long transit flight from Ruweishid, until almost 5 pm. Normally we do 4 to 6 hours flying (2 or 3 sorties) but today it was 4 separate flights, 3 re-fuellings for the aircraft but very little “fuel” for the pilots or ourselves and a total of 7.5 hours flying.
- Robert Bewley