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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.


Who says there’s no green in the desert? The survey team walking in a wadi close to site QUR-24 in the Jebel Qurma region.

The site of QUR-474: a lonesome and far-away place in the midst of the basatl. It was, however, full of rock art and Safaitic inscripitions from the 1st to 4th centuries AD.


Look at those rectangular outlines made of stones in front of the cars: the remnants of a Bedouin campsite from the 1980s to 1990s in the Hazimah plains, just south of the basalt upland in the Jebel Qurma region.