Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Road to Ubar

The Road to Ubar: Finding the Atlantis of the Sands - Nicholas Clapp

An Emmy award-winning documentary film maker is intrigued by stories about Ubar, a lost city in what is now Oman. He persuades NASA that he's a serious researcher so they take shots of the area from space. This data collection provides evidence for backers who pony up for a 1991-92 expedition.

This book presents a narrative of desert travel and archeological dig in the matter-of-fact style and enthused tone of a Nat Geo article. Some parts do ramble and the fictionalizing didn't work.

But this is well worth reading for those with a passing interest in travel stories, the Middle East, or pop archeology

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