[May 9th 1916]
ied ruins, the last remains of the ancient outlying suburbs of the city of Ur. Their absolute barreness is impressive. It carries the mind back into rmote ages when we see nothing of a busy town but a mound of sand with remnants of potsherd and no living creature but the locust and ant live to populate the crumbling ruins.
Later we passed an Arab camp of many black tents, large flocks of sheep and herds of asses. In the distance we could see the ruins of Ur of the Chaldees, surmounted by a high tower and rising high above the mirage.
We camped about three miles to the north of Ur. Some nine miles distant could be seen the green trees of Nasiriyah and the smoke of our river steamers.