Tristram remarks that this "is probably Telat el-Damm, i.e. the Mount of Blood, a medieval fortress, surrounded by a rock-hewn moat, standing above the well-known khan, and commanding the Jericho road on the south of the Kelt. The name Mount of Blood applies not only to the castle, but to the' eminence of bright red-colored rock on which it stands. It was known to the Crusaders as Tour Rouge" '(Bible Places, p. 95). His authority for this is Mr. Drake (in the Quar. Statement of the " Pal. Explor. Fund,' April, 1874, p. 70), who adds, "The Arabs say it is called the Mount of Blood because of a severe battle once fought there, but the bright-red limestone and marl are much more likely to be the true cause."