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Documentary Film based on Gibson's book: Qur'anic Geography
 

 

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Incense Road
 
Gaza(Jenysos)
Elusa
Ruheiba
Obodat
Wadi Fiqreh
Wadi Arabah
Sela
Rekem, (Petra)
Ayl
Gryn
Hawara
Wadi Rumm
Al Uyaynah
Northern Desert Trek
Tayma
Meda'in Saleh
Dedan
Khaybar
Medina
Southern Desert Trek
Najran
Sa'ada
Yathul
Marib (Saba)
Timna (Qatraban)
Shibam(Hadramaut)
Ubar
 
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The Northern Desert Trek

Crossing the trackless desert can be a life-threatening experience, if you do not know any sources of water. The ancient Nabataeans created routes through the desert by creating their own watering sources. They would locate large rocks in the desert and harvest water from them. The rock pictured below has several water catchment system on it.Nabataean water catchments are on these small mountains
A rut in the rock leads water to a cisternAbove: Along the edge of the rock, small channels were cut. On one side they led to a dam, hidden from prying eyes below.  Ancient cuts to guide water
On the lower levels of the rock pictured above right, small channels led rainwater to a small hole in the ground. This opened to a large bell shaped chamber under the ground that could hold thousands of gallons of water. (Below: Herb lifts the lid on the underground cistern)

The lid of an underground water tank.
A Nabataean dam restored
Left:
On the other side of the rock, a large dam caught run off from that side. Local Bedouin have now re-surfaced the ancient dam so it holds water each spring.
 Right: In the cracks of a huge rock in the desert, several kilometers away, the Nabataeans built dams to catch water before it ran out into the desert. Many of these ancient cisterns were covered with stone roofs. To the left of the dam on this picture were many Nabataean and Thamudic inscriptions. These dams were placed well back from the outside of the rocks, so that they were not visible to passers-by. An ancient Nabataean dam with nearyby inscriptions

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