National Geographic : 1948 Dec
Rocky Desolation Now, Where Stood the Christian City of Pharan With local Bedouins of Feiran Oasis, Dr. Field, Wendell Phillips, and Prof. W. F. Albright, in that order, walk through apart oftheruined city after inspecting ancient rock-cut tombs, some of which contained skeletons (page 812). Pharan was a thriving town as early as the 2dcentury; about theyear 400itbecame theseat of a bishop. Eventually Moslems drove out the Christians and the city fell into ruins. Under the Crusaders, in the12th century, itrevived, butonly briefly.