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Special Lecture: Ancient Southern Arabia

by klarich — last modified April 15, 2009 02:27 PM
What Special Lecture
When April 21, 2009
from 01:00 pm to 03:00 pm
Where Cotsen Seminar Room (Fowler A222)
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Irrigation and Social Life in Ancient Southern Arabia

Michael Harrower, Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow

 

As a central element of social life, irrigation played an important economic and ideological role in Southern Arabia since the 4th millennium BC.  This presentation draws on evidence from ancient inscriptions, investigations of contemporary irrigation practices, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping to compare long-term social histories of irrigation in Yemen, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.  While circumstances differed widely through time, major similarities across Southern Arabia include the presence of circular tower tombs that cluster around oases and along water rich drainages.

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