Hit: Bitumen Collectors

Date: 1951-58

Wilfred Thesiger (d. 2003) records that the recoating of canoes was done using bitumen from Hit. This bubbled to the surface in this area and would be collected and broken into chunks before being transported. See also: Boat Builder; Boat Recoaters.

Citation: Wilfred Thesiger, The Marsh Arabs (London: The Folio Society, 2004. First edition: London: Longman, 1964), p. 104.