ANIMAL ENCLOSURES in the rocky landscape of northeastern Jordan remain silent witnesses to the ancient lifeways in this inhospitable environment. The people here hunted wild animals but also herded livestock and raised camels. They also learned to write, and by the time Christianity was spreading across the Harra, they used the Safaitic script to record all sorts of texts in their local dialect of early Arabic. Shown here are undated stone structures, pens, and corrals still used by the region‘s nomadic inhabitants.