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Photograph taken by Gertrude Bell in Syria, April 1914


View over ruins. "It was a town - imagine! A town in the heart of the Syrian Desert. But a town of a very primitive kind. It lay up on top of the cliff, on a kind of peninsular formed by the winding Wadi Helgum and the only road to it from the upper level was a narrow neck which was fortified by a towered wall. Again all most primitive and terribly ruined, but there it was, a wall and towers guarding the approach to an irregular area which must be a good half mile squared and is completely covered with shapeless ruin heaps....I planned and photographed the gate wall."

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Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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Photograph Album Caption by Gertrude Bell
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Photograph album
IIIF Manifest