Special Lecture: Ancient Southern Arabia
April 21, 2009 01:00 PM
April 21, 2009 03:00 PM
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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