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Diary entry by Gertrude Bell

Reference code
GB/2/10/3/25
Creator
Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
Creation Date
Extent and medium
1 entry, paper
Person(s)
Ramsay, W.M.
Language
English
Location
Coordinates

37.439586, 33.164415

Sat May 25 [25 May 1907] A delightful day. Off with R [Ramsay] to No
6 where I began to plan and he to examine. Presently he discovered
the remains of a rude wall N of the church and traced it partly round
the hill. At the E side we found quantities of rock cut wine presses -
some were half full of rain water and the shepherds were bringing their
cows up to them. They consisted generally of an oblong trough with a
square hole in the rock above for the press. This trough was
connected by a hole bored in the rock with a rock cut bowl. I went on
with my drawing and R. found an inscription in the door of the church -
dedicatory to a woman, no date. So back to lunch after which I went
back to the measuring and R presently joined me. Lady R came out
with me but left me alone to measure. I think the church has been
repaired. The arches of the N aisle block up half the N door. The
porch was made for the new small door not for the old large one. The
N door lintel is decorated with the shallowest mouldings possible
mere grooves, the S door has a bold moulding like that of the narthex
lintel but arranged exactly like that on the S door of No 1 - the
moulding breaking off and beginning again round the corner. The two
E piers are grooved for a rail. If the restoration theory is true perhaps
it accounts for the very strange sloping of the aisle vaults. The
vaulting buttresses are not tied into the outer walls and on the S side
have entirely fallen away leaving no mark. The apse horseshoe
aisle is set onto the caps all askew. The masonry of the walls
extremely rude in character - quite uneven. I think the church must be
very late - R thinks the inscription 9th or later. A curious stone bowl a
metre in diameter W of the church. A similar stone basin lies in the
town. I think it is a font but cd find no trace of walls in the heaps of ruins
round it. A great triumph over my Mahlech inscription which is Hittite.
R thinks the hill of No 6 may have been a fort after the type of the
Midas City fort, guarding the town from the plain. He says such bays
running into the hills are what the old people liked - they were
peaceful people not warriors. We find that Geuz D is also called
Maden D from the two joint quarries? in it. Hence the name of the
town. After we had done work we went off the classical tomb and so
home to tea. The R's Greek boy Pordemos[?] son of the chief
magician of Konia [Konya (Iconium)] was summarily dismissed this
morning because he refused to wash up. Fattuh said he considered
himself an effendi and called for tea and milk in the morning!
Meantime the Rs are without a man for Louis.

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