Photographer's Note

A tour group examining one of the monumental block tombs near the main entrance to the park and siq. This is the Bab as-Siq (entrance to the Siq / Canyon). I kept a safe distance from them! Rather than stand in the hot sun listening to a tour guide drone on for 15 minutes, I later looked up information here:

These are block tombs BD9, BD8 & BD7 from left to right.

"The monolithic monument BD8 was carved out of the rock together with the platform on which it stands. With its triple stepped pedestal, it is almost 7 metres high. The sides of the block are 4.5 m wide. The large step at the top was probably chiseled out later, which is why the usual crenellated frieze of this type of tomb is missing.

On the east side there is the access to a square chamber (2.6 m x 2.6 m) with two grave pits. Archaeologists discovered five round libation wells in front of the entrance.

On the top of the boulder from which the block monument was carved out, there is a burial pit (see photo above), accessible via steps hewn into the rock."


For BD9 at left, see:

Exploring the ruins on my own, I was able to cover a lot more ground and was under no pressure to hurry back to a waiting tour bus. Plus sites I found boring I could skip and at interesting sites I could spend as much time as I liked.

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