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   Ports and Stops on the
Maritime Incense Route
 
Sumhuram
Cane
Aden
Muza
Berinece
Philotera
Myos Hormos
Leuce Kome
Alia
Hawara
Gryn
Ayl
Rekem, (Petra)
Sela
Wadi Arabah
Wadi Fiqreh
Obodat
Ruheiba
Elusa
Gaza (Jenysos)
Alexandria

Further Information
Who were the ancient Arab Sea Traders?
Southern Arabia
Ancient Sailing and Navigation
History & Construction of the Dhow
Camels
Parallel Maritime Histories
The Incense Road
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Sela

The mountain of Sela suited well as a fortified stopping place. The valley beside Sela descends to Wadi Arabah. Large camel caravans could camp at the foot of the Sela mountain. The top of the mountain was relatively smooth, making it a perfect fortress and place to store goods.
 Sela is located south of the town of Tafila, along the King's Highway only a couple of kilometers from the old Edomite capital city of Bushera. The picture on the left is taken many miles away. Camel caravans would come over the hill and drop down into the valley where Sela mountain stands, completely surrounded by cliffs.

In front of the mountain is a large camping spot. Wide stairs lead up the side of the cliff to water reservoirs and eventually to the top of the mountain where there are more water cisterns. The reservoirs are strategically located so that the water could be released to wash away any attackers. The picture on the left shows a boy standing on the bottom of the stairs that lead up the mountain. Much of the stairs are now in ruins.

It is a bit of a scramble to reach the mountaintop, but it is well worth the trip, especially if you can find the Assyrian inscriptions there.

 On the west and northwest corners of the top of Sela mountain are two well preserved high places.

Sela was a major hub of Nabataean trading, and the scenery is breath taking, especially down to Wadi Arabah.