TRAINS, TRENCHES AND TENTS The Archaeology of Lawrence of Arabia’s War Last autumn, Neil Faulkner, Features Editor of our sister magazine Current Archaeology, set out to find the archaeology of Lawrence of Arabia’s war.
We had launched the dig in the pages of Current World Archaeology and it was fast picked up by the national press. There were 28 participants in all, consisting of directors, supervisors and volunteers. We were delighted that so many of the volunteers were CWA readers. Thus the project has become something of a CWA dig.
The results were so rewarding that the second field season is already being planned, and CWA will continue to be a first port of call for announcing the latest discoveries. In future we hope that it will be CWA readers who will be reporting from the field on this path-breaking research. Here, though, we give the directors’ view of their first field season.
Main picture The Wadi Rutm in Southern Jordan looking appr oximately south-west. The ruined buildings towards the left are the remains of the Late Ottoman Hijaz Railway station. The railway embankment appears as a lighter strip running down the wadi past the buildings. On the near side of the embankment is the modern road, and on the far side (though not visible in the photograph) the old pilgrim road.
Below Site supervisor Cat Edwards fills in her site notebook sitting in the window of a Late Ottoman station building at Wadi Rutm. Note the First World War loop-holes hacked through the walls either side.