Wadi Rum is an area in Jordan you have probably never heard of before, and neither had I until my artifact analysis project. After staring at the photograph provided for the project and doing a little research, I realized I was looking at what I believe to be a group of climbers somewhere in the Wadi Rum area of Southern Jordan. Jordan has a strong community of Arab and Beudin climbers coming from all over the middle east to seek sanctuary from terror on these beautiful big wall sandstone climbs which is why I believe this is what we’re looking at in this photograph.
You have everything that you would need for this to be a rock climbing site based off my knowledge as a rock climber and research done on the area. Beautiful rock surrounding the camp site as well as off in the distance and it looks like rock (sandstone) that is great for climbing. You have vehicles that rock climbers typically tend to have (off roading vehicles) for being able to get to certain places and allowing them to access the places they want, and you also have a shelter that looks like it could be taken down and set up pretty easily. If the shelter is not easily to be taken down (it looks like is but lets say its not) it could be a base camp at a crag. These are not unheard of for crags that are hours out of civilization like you would find in the middle east. A lot of climbers also live a nomadic lifestyle, living out of their car/van being able to travel wherever they want, whenever they want, and typically they have the kinds of vehicles that are in the picture. All of this leaves me to believe they are climbers enjoying the beautiful Jordanian sandstone.
Prichard-Bouchard, Nancy. “Roped Up in Arabia: Rock Climbing in Jordan.” Climbing Magazine, 28 Mar. 2016, www.climbing.com/places/roped-up-in-arabia-rock-climbing-in-jordan/.