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Diary entry by Gertrude Bell

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Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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Friday May 24 [24 May 1907] Off to my church soon after 6 and
worked till after 11. We found no column bases beyond the big two in
front of the apse, but in digging a trench we came upon graves. The
first was truly oriented to the E and W, built of stones and covered with
3 rough slabs. The second was from NE to SW, it was that of a child
and covered by 2 slabs. We opened it and found the head lying to
the SW. Beyond were signs of more all more or less askew NE x SW.
We tried on the S side opposite the S column and found nothing.
Very hot. In the afternoon I looked for the walls ending the periblos
near the narthex but have not as yet found them owing to a cornfield
from whose owner I must get permission to dig. The Ramsays turned
up about 3 in two arabas. They at once sat down among the ruins
and made tea after which she went up to see about the tents and
Ramsay stayed with me. We didn't get back to camp till about 5.30
when we had tea. Everything very pleasant. Delightful having them.
They brought letters too. Delicious night with a 3/4 moon. Their tents
have not arrived and they have 2 lent by the Wylies. Louis is already
deep in birds and beasts.

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