Sec. iv] THE SITE OF CHAH HUSAINI 131
In support of such an assumption—and for the present it would scarcely be
safe to call it otherwise—attention may be called to the fact that Chah Husain . is the lowest of the localities on the Bampiir river from which prehistoric remains were obtainable. If in the Bamptir basin there has taken place a diminution of the supply of water carried by its river, corresponding to that which my observations in the valleys of British Makran indicate as having occurred since an early prehistoric period,3 this `desiccation' is likely to have made its effect felt sooner towards the terminal course of the river than farther up.
My endeavour to trace, if possible, the burial-ground of this important site
remained fruitless, and its very size left little hope of trial excavations producing much more of definite evidence than that already secured, except with an expenditure of time greater than we could afford. The approach of Naurôz, the great Persian festival religiously observed in these parts, would in any case have deprived us of labour for the next few days. So I felt obliged reluctantly to renounce further work at Chah Husaini and to resume our travel westwards.
1 3 Cf. Tour in Gedrosia, pp. 34, 41, 152, and passim.