|Beside Qasr el-Lebekha,
another military installation marked the presence of an east-west
direction. This lies more to the east and is now called Ezbet Muhammed
Tuleib. The fort appears to have been heavily modified already in the
early stage of its existence, and at some point may have lost its
military function. It certainly underwent several modifications down to
the Islamic period. Evidence of qanats, fields, domestic and industrial
areas are to be found here. At least two cemeteries, one to the east,
and one to the west, are associated with the site.
Compare the picture on the left, taken in 2001, to
that on the right, take in 2004. There is clearly less sand obscuring
and surrounding the building (RKM).