After finding on GoogleMaps a tree-shaped oasis in the desert of Iran, I was so impressed that I decided to see it. Where does the water come from and where is the source of it? What is the vegetation like? How do people live there?
With infinite amount of curiosity the journey started in Kerman, which is around 200 km away from the oasis. As one can imagine there is no bus or train to an oasis in the desert. But with unconditional trust to get there I hitchhiked from one point to the other. Sometimes waiting under the sun for hours on crossways, to catch a vehicle to get closer to the goal.
As it is always, the journey itself had its own reward with all the magical incidences and people I met. At the end, the reward was a wonderful spot: a green oasis surrounded by the dry desert. Full of life, endless dates to eat, a lagoon to swim and mysterious ruins of an abandoned ancient village.
Oasis of Keshit – an ancient Bronze Age urban center
I have found out that the area of the oasis in Keshit was an early Bronze Age urban centre on the western edge of the Lut Desert, chronologically spanning from the the fifth millennium BC to the late Islamic era. A a region where previous excavations of archeologists have already documented the existence of a very significant early urban centre. A world archeologist website has an interesting article about that area. For those who are interested: https://www.antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/eskandari341
Following the path of water
Following the path of the water to the source, another adventure began. At a temperature of over 40 degrees under the sun my feet were cooled by the water. As always, my curiosity led me to the source, which I wanted to find. I wanted to see where the water in the desert came from. But what I found left me with humility and enthusiasm for the beauty of nature.
If you look at the map you will see the way water took to shape the tree. Walking through the roots an branches of the tree was a magical experience. Some branches dried out, some keeping the water. All in all forming a spectacular scenery.
What I should also mention is of course the salty taste of the water and the endless dates I could eat along the walk. Actually it seemed to me, that the whole oasis had just date trees. Just imagine delicious fresh dates everywhere!
If I left you with curiosity about the history off the ancient city and the are check the interesting article on “antiquity”, a world archeologist website. To take part in the adventure, definitely watch the YouTube video. And to discover the are on Google Maps.
Enjoy the beauty of our wonderful world 🌍