Re: Ubar-"The Atlantis of the Sands"

Chuck Coker (cjcoker@CRIS.COM)
Sun, 20 Oct 1996 10:11:28 -0700

Rizk F. Nakhleh wrote:
> Greetings,
> I was wondering of anyone was familiar with the site of Ubar or Iram
> found between the Empty Quarter,(Rub Al Khali), and the Hadarmut in Southern
> Arabia. During the Gulf War a recon. plane found the old routes that served
> as passage for merchants between Sebia, Yithrib and Ubar. Many attampts have
> been made to find the site since the early 1900's, namely by; Bertram Thomas,
> St. John Philiby and a poor attempt by Wendel Philips.
> I am aware of the fact that a team of Anthropologists did some work on a
> site in Oman just recently. My question is: Who were they? How can I get in
> touch with them? And where can I locate more literature on this topic?

Off the top of my head, your might try searching "Ur", "Silk Road", and
"Frankencense" (check spelling on Frankencense). I did a little bit of
research into this in 1992, but lost it all when our house burned down
in 1993. :^( Ubar, or Ur, was the "capital" of the Frankencense trade and
was situated on the Silk Road. I think the city collapsed into a sink hole,
and this was documented in the Bible or something like that. This is all from
a foggy memory, and I started going senile about the time I had kids, so take
it for what it's worth. :^)

Chuck Coker

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