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Volume 32, Number 5 September/October 1981

In This Issue

September/October 1981
Palmyra – A Portent ?
Written by John M. Munro
Photographed by Katrina Thomas

To the English historian Robert Wood, the story of Palmyra, the caravan city in the Syrian Desert, and its empty ruins offered an ominous warning to 18th-century Britain.

Saudi Arabia and Solar Energy – A Special Section
The Sindbad Voyage
Written by John Lawton
Photographed by Tor Eigeland

"Once upon a time..'.' there really was a Sindbad the Sailor, thinks Timothy Severin, who has already proved that medieval Irish monks could have sailed a leather boat from England to Newfoundland.

A Special Luster
Written by Robert Obojski
Photographed by Michael Di Biase

Gold, as a metal, doesn't tarnish and doesn't rust: one of the reasons coins of gold have a special luster and a special lure for both investors and numismatists around the world.

The Spokesmen
Written by Arthur Clark and Aileen Vincent-Barwood
Warps, Wefts and Wadis
Written and photographed by Virginia McConnell Simmons

Using ancient methods and archaic tools, the Bedouin women of the desert struggle to maintain the traditions of a noble craft and to preserve a part of the heritage of the desert.