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Diary entry by Gertrude Bell

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Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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Ramsay, W.M.

37.439586, 33.164415

Thurs May 30. [30 May 1907] Up at 5.30, having breakfasted alone,
none of the others having appeared, I went off to No 10 where they are
working. I have about 40 men today. R [Ramsay] thinks we are
definitely at Barata. He derives the name from the Greek, Barathra,
the holes in which they threw their prisoners and thinks it was so called
from the 2 big holes in the Maden (Geuz) D. from which the Turkish
name comes. He is doubtful as to the W town being the old city as it
only has traces of building on one side of the tell and he does not see
where the W and S defences cd have been. The Americans came
up to say goodbye and started off for Mahlech. They have been
useful but I'm not really sorry they have gone. It made too many
people. Worked all day at clearing out 10. We came upon some
curious great earthen ware jars let into the ground below the floor.
Looked about the W town for a possible house but found none. We
looked at No 16 and came to the conclusion that it was the roughest
village work probably after the Seljuk conquest. To that time belongs
the repaired W wall of 15 and probably the ruined houses round it.
The inscription built upside down into the W front of 15 is itself very
late. We saw the Paulina inscription on 16. Very hot and tiring day.
To bed early.

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