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Jebel Qurma, Jibal Rijlat Suleiman, Wadi Rajil and Wadi al-Qattafi: the research region is barren and unforgiving, yet extremely beautiful. Moreover, the area is astonishly rich in archaeological remains from many different periods.
The Jebel Qurma at Dahek, close to the Jordan-Saudi border
The Hazimah plain near Wadi Qattafi
The basalt-capped hillocks so characteristic of the Jebel Qurma region
The Hazimah plain, with the Jebel Qurma range on the right
The great beauty of the Jebel Qurma region: the table-mounds of Wadi al-Qattafi, with a Safaitic tomb of the 1st to 4th century AD in the foreground.
A view to the east: the basalt ridge early in the morning, May 2013. Find the survey team.... (Photo: Migchel Migchelsen)
The gravel plains, with in the distance Wadi al-Qattafi
The table-mounds of Wadi al-Qattafi
In the Hazimah plain
The basalt-covered slopes of the Jebel Qurma range
A great picture of our study area, seen from the site of Jebel Qurma itself. A heavy sandstorm is on the road... (Photo: Azraq Wetland Reserve)
The western slope of Jebel Qurma, with in the distance Wadi Rajjil
The landscapes of the Black Desert (photo: Valetta Verezen)
To the right we see some members of the survey team, on their way to the top...
A great view from the basalt upland, with in the distance Wadi Rajil and the wide Hazimah plain
The dusty 30-km track from our Hamza camp to the small oasis town of Azraq
There isn't much to eat... A herd of camels near our Hamza camp. The animals are on their way to the Hazim oasis near the Saudi border.
December 2013: a lot of snow in the Middle East! This satellite image shows that the snow also fell in the northeastern desert, including the Jebel Qurma region.