Badia Epigraphic Survey 2020

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Every find was photographed with cameras which recorded the GPS location and these locations are at present being mapped by Orhan Elmaz. For inscriptions and drawings, the find was recorded within its topographical context and its epigraphical context (i.e. with the inscriptions around it), and then with general photographs and details. Many inscriptions were partially buried in the mud and so had to be dug out and then washed and scrubbed and left to dry before we could photograph them. All in all, we took over 37,000 photographs in 14 days of fieldwork producing a massive post-survey task for which self-isolation is ideally suited! The results were spectacular and we recorded some 2000 inscriptions in the two weeks of the survey. We also discovered an ancient burial cairn which was intact and had not been plundered by the numerous seekers after (supposed) buried gold — a fate which has befallen large numbers of ancient and modern burials in other parts of the ḥarrah. This ancient burial cairn could be identified by the large numbers of Safaitic inscriptions on it saying that the author mourned and/or helped build the cairn for the deceased. For the first time we found here a text by woman saying that she helped build the cairn for her maternal uncle. (
Period1 Mar 202014 Mar 2020
Held atUniversity of Oxford, United Kingdom