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Sifting the Past
Photograph by Manoocher

Perched on the edge of Qatna's acropolis, excavators search through dirt collected from the tomb's floor. Down the hill stand the mud-brick ruins of the 20th-century village of Mishrifeh. In the early 1980s the Syrian government resettled the village's inhabitants outside Qatna's ancient walls in order to protect the archaeological site.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1V
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 20mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: 6 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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