I recommend seeking out this one over Fiennes' book. Shelves: travel , arabian , nonfiction , adventure , history , mythology , hardback , teh-brillianz , autumn , one-penny-wonder. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. View all 6 comments. Jun 17, Carmen rated it liked it Shelves: globetrotter , , nonfiction , travel.
What remained on his monitor was a thin black line that arced up across the screen and led off into the dunes of the Rub' al-Khali. We took turns, like little kids, following it with our fingers. There it was, before our eyes and in far Arabia, the road to Ubar. Sep 17, Joe rated it really liked it Shelves: history. Chronicling archaeological finds, religious texts, popular fiction, and local folklore, Nicholas Clapp spins a captivating tale of the "Atlantis of the Sands," only in this tale the mythological city is actually found, excavated, and its history pieced together for the readers.
Well researched and well written, this book opens up a window to the history of ancient Arabia that many may not be familiar with. Jan 15, Einas Alhamali rated it it was amazing. The journey of the excavation was more exciting than the site itself. Oct 22, Kari Gritzan rated it it was amazing. An amazing archaological tale about the search for the mythical city of Ubar. A great nonfiction read.
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Very thrilling! One of my favorite books. Jul 11, Kevin Burns rated it it was amazing. This book is a classic! A must read for anyone interested in learning about the Empty Quarter in Oman, ancient history, and how the field of archeology connects with anthropology, religious scriptures, and modern day politics.
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Nicholas Clapp is brilliant and this book is a wonderful contribution to Middle Eastern literature. I also recommend this book to anyone who is at a current impasse in their lives; seeing how ancient civilizations rise and fall and live on in local folklore will This book is a classic! I also recommend this book to anyone who is at a current impasse in their lives; seeing how ancient civilizations rise and fall and live on in local folklore will inspire each of use to follow our own Crescent Moon.
May 29, Simona rated it liked it. This nonfiction book is a nice story about human curiosity, archeology, anthropology and interesting window to the unknown for me Arabian ancient history. Jul 10, Sandra rated it really liked it. Gripping Read: Nicholas Clapp's personal account of a brilliant piece of archaeological detective work, and a gripping read in its own right; is called "The Road to Ubar: Finding the Atlantis of the Sands.
Perhaps, because I lived in Spain on the zero meridian line where Marconi performed discoveries , perhaps the attraction to The Silk Roa Gripping Read: Nicholas Clapp's personal account of a brilliant piece of archaeological detective work, and a gripping read in its own right; is called "The Road to Ubar: Finding the Atlantis of the Sands. Another perhaps, I've an insatiable curiosity! Excavations began the following month. After many false starts, dead ends and weeks of digging, became and the work went on. But slowly, evidence began to emerge of an octagonal fortified city with foot towers and thick walls.
Inside, were many buildings including storerooms. Frankincense burners and pottery shards from various regions were found dating back to about BC! Ultimately, the author, with his own insatiable curiosity discovered that the legend of Ubar surfaced when the city sank into the sands.
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And this city collapsed into an underground cavern. Of all the sites in all the ancient world, Ubar came to a unique and peculiar end-an end identical in myth and now-it transpired, in reality. There was no question. It was Ubar -the Atlantis of the Sands. As Clapp says: "Before the discovery, all that was known of Ubar was its myth and legend and that there was a road out in the desert that just might lead to the lost city.
Ubar was in the right place, it was of the right age, and it had been destroyed exactly as the myth had described. As Blom put it following the discovery: "People have written about Ubar for thousands of years, and they hunted for it in the desert all through this century without any luck. And we cracked the case sitting here in Pasadena. One day, while leafing through a newspaper, Clapp came across a story about how an aerial radar system had located Mayan ruins buried beneath a dense jungle in Central America.
It was as if he had been struck by lightning: if modern satellite technology could do this, could it locate caravan routes buried under a thousand years of drifting sands? Could the technology of the future fast-forward him to the past? Could it find Ubar? For a while I just stared at the 'phone and asked myself: am I really going to do something this stupid.
From that moment, an alliance was formed between Clapp and research geologist Dr. Ron Blom. Although it would be another 10 years before Ubar was found, that first nervous phone call in , was to prove a pivotal moment. Ubar' with the promise I'd read it soon. That was today. I read it in one sitting, with several telephone interruptions I resented. It was the reward read I'd hoped! View 1 comment.
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Fascinated with Arabia and the Rub' al-Khali when filming the return of Arabian oryxes to the wilderness of Oman, Nicholas Clapp was looking for a reason to return. It was a book recommended by a friendly used book seller that gave him the opening and a near-obsession with the lost city of Ubar.
If nothing else, this book goes into detail about pre-expedition work - finding sources confirming the site literary references to satellite imagery ; convincing professionals to take a chanc Fascinated with Arabia and the Rub' al-Khali when filming the return of Arabian oryxes to the wilderness of Oman, Nicholas Clapp was looking for a reason to return. If nothing else, this book goes into detail about pre-expedition work - finding sources confirming the site literary references to satellite imagery ; convincing professionals to take a chance on the expedition; funding sources; government officials and the numerous permits.
Working with locals especially when dealing with possible religious or restricted sites. The difficulties in weeding tradition and hearsay from facts especially when dealing with a site thousands of years old. In the end, Clapp's enthusiasm and dedication led to a site that many agree could be the former city of Ubar, destroyed by the wrath of God which took the form of a massive sinkhole collapse around the well that provided for the outpost and caravans that moved along the frankincense trade route.
The archaeologist associated with the expedition - Dr. Juris Zarins - provided a time table for the area which was once lush savanna with open streams and lakes inhabited for nearly , years, from the time of Homo Erectus through Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Parthia, Greece and Rome. There is also 'reflections on the prophet Hud' whose tales provided clues to the possible location of Ubar or the Shisr fortress just within the borders of Oman from Yemen. It is actually interesting to read Clapp's acknowledgements of his financial and material backers - most of which are part of the Omani government and businesses.
Interested in ancient history outside of the everyday or the mysteries of lost cities and civilizations? This book hits both topics. Mar 12, Brooks rated it liked it.
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The author was a documentary filmmaker who did the research on his own and finally persuaded the Jet Perpulsion Labortory, an archelogist, and an expedition leader to help him find this place. JPL added the area to a ground search radar mission on the space shuttle. Ran Fiennes convinces the Sultan of Oman to allow them to search through his country. They finally find it under a current settlement of shisur.
The best part of the book is the description and diagrams of the archelogical work. There is a series of drawings which map the progression week by week as they uncover the ancient settlement.
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It really gives an excellent description on how archelogical digs work well incredibly successful ones. Ubar was mentioned in the Koran and had a long oral tradition in Arabia as a city destroyed by God for its riches. Hud was a prophet who preached to the unbelievers in Ubar. The site did show a catastrophic sinkhole that may have been the cause of its sudden calapse.
The book also showed the ex-patriot volunteers from various government projects in Oman who helped. We did the Valley View Overlook Trail, where we saw tons of huge saguaros and got to a gorgeous overlook of the valley. Then we headed to the Signal Hill Petroglyphs Trail.