Lawrence of Arabia Aqaba Set -

Carboneras, Spain 

We have launched a project to investigate the locations and sets used in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia (1962), widely considered one of the greatest movies ever made, and certainly one of the most expensive and elaborate in terms of staging. Our main focus at present is Almeria in south-eastern Spain, an area which has since become a favourite of film-makers. Here, Lean created and filmed an oasis, a train ambush, and the capture of the town of Aqaba.


We have reconnoitred the site where the town of Aqaba was built – a job that occupied some 600 workers for three months – and we are planning a return visit to record the visible archaeological features associated with both the set and the production facilities. We will need some willing volunteers to help when the time comes!