While at the mountain, Ron found the remains of a white marble structure which had been erected near the altar at the base of the mountain. These were the white columns that Ron saw on his first trip in 1984. The structure had been destroyed, but remnants of the columns were still lying around the area. Ron was told by Bedouins in the area that the stone “shrine” had been dismantled and was used in a mosque in Hagl.
A = Saudi Guard House
B = Altar with Petroglyphs
C = Remains of 12 Pillars
D = Large Altar at the foot of Mt. Sinai
e = Red Lines mark Wells
e = Aqua Lines mark Stone Fences
An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. 25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it. 26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.
And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.