Sheba: Through the Desert in Search of the Legendary Queen

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002 - History - 384 pages
In this exhilarating archaeological adventure, Nicholas Clapp seeks the truth behind the legend of the Queen of Sheba. Ever since she swept into the court of King Solomon three thousand years ago, her story has been told and retold, often getting diluted, amended, and reworked along the way. In a quest to collect clues to the mystery of Sheba, Clapp travels to Ethiopia, Yemen, Israel, and even a village in France. Using the latest technology, including satellite images and carbon-14 dating, and some recent archaeological discoveries, he pieces together the facts behind Sheba's multifaceted myth.

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Your book ''Through the Desert in Search of the Legendary Queen'' With my discovery last week is an unfinished story.
I can confirm to you that the ever sort for kingdom and empire purportedly lost
in history has been a big secret in the south-west Nigeria. Biliqis tomb, Tomb and her lost empire although covered with tick bushes and Trees is a behive of activities every id-el fitril festival, people mostly muslim from near and far visit her tomb to offer prayers and also make payer requests which was always answered resulting in the hundreds of thousand of people visiting the tomb every year.
Of note is the ancient appearance of the tomb overgrown and shielded with big trees but not a single
leave dropped on her tomb, a misterious spider cob web twinned from tree to tree forming a circle above her tomb and receives all the droppings from the trees. Although the Govt has defaced all that
The forth generation story I was told by a 94years old man about ''Biliqis Sungbo'' Queen of Sheba
in the village closer to the tomb correspond with the quaranic and biblical story of Queen of sheba.
She was said to have migrated from Ethopia, made her people to irrigate water now stream to the area. The man told me that his father told him the story, his own father said his father told him the story and said his father told him his father told him. The 94years old man said he grew to know his father and his Grand father.
Sealing his story he said, there is a man closer to him and very notable in Nigeria before his demise not too long ago, a founder of a church movement and a great vissionaire whose prediction all came to pass. Name withheld, will come and take permission for him to sleep at Queen Sheba tomb overnight every 25th of December for over 30years. He will be there alone. He said he inquire about what he used to do there after the first year and he told him that he use to invoke the spirit of QUEEN SHEBA and that she will appear and that they are alway together.He then suggest to him to take her picture and he said each time he attempted to take her picture after their discussions she will vanish. but there was a year the pastor spent 7 days at the tomb and at the end of the 7th day, he informed the story teller
that he was successful with the picture after much persuation he printed a copy for the 94years old man. last weekend, I came face to face with the picture of QUEEN SHEBA right in my hand, I was sturned. She was the most beautiful woman I have ever seen, like 6 feet tall her dress flowed to the floor although she was lying on her grave, her crown was on her head, the emerald on her neck were
series of bulged stone and ball of gold , she was a missed epitome of beauty and wealth. I don't think the picture has been seen anywhere else. It has been a secret for a very long time, even the govt has not seen the picture. THE PASTOR THAT TOOK THE PICTURE DIED THE YEAR HE TOOK IT.
I decided to break the story to the world.

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Nicholas Clapp, a noted documentary filmmaker, has lectured on Ubar at Brown University, the University of California at Los Angeles, California Institute of Technology, the National Georgraphic Society, and the Goddard Space Center. Clapp currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

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