Travels In Syria And The Holy Land By John Lewis Burckhardt


























































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I returned from Eldjy to the encampment above Ain Mousa, which is
considerably higher than the town, and set out - Page 550
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I Returned From Eldjy To The Encampment Above Ain Mousa, Which Is Considerably Higher Than The Town, And Set Out From Thence Immediately, For I Very Much Disliked The People, Who Are Less Civil To Strangers Than Any Other Arabs In Shera.

We travelled in a southern direction along the windings of a broad valley which ascends from Ain Mousa, and reached its summit at the end of two hours and a quarter.

The soil, though flinty, is very capable of cultivation.

This valley is comprised within the appellation of Wady Mousa, because the rain water which collects here joins, in the winter, the torrent below Eldjy. The water was anciently conducted through this valley in an artificial channel, of which the

AIN MEFRAK

[p.434] stone walls remain in several places. At the extremity of the Wady are the ruins of an ancient city, called Betahy (Arabic), consisting of large heaps of hewn blocks of silicious stone; the trees on this mountain are thinly scattered. At a quarter of an hour from Betahy we reached an encampment, composed of Lyathene and Naymat, where we alighted, and rested for the night.

August 24th.—Our road lay S.S.W.; in one hour we came to Ain Mefrak (Arabic), where are some ruins. From thence we ascended a mountain, and continued along the upper ridge of Djebel Shera. To our right was a tremendous precipice, on the other side of which runs the chain of sand- rocks which begin near Wady Mousa.

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