The Roman camps are well preserved because of the arid desert climate, but they have received comparatively little archaeological investigation so far. One exception is Camp A, which was excavated and drawn by Shmarya Gutmann, who later began the ongoing dig at Gamla in the Golan Heights, another mountain fortified by the Zealots during their rebellion against Rome. Camp A quartered about 2,000 soldiers and guarded the passage through the Wadi Sebbeh (Nahal Masada).