The Road to Ubar

The Road to Ubar

Finding the Atlantis of the Sands

Book - 1998
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The most fabled city in ancient Arabia was Ubar, described in the Koran as "the many-columned city whose like has not been built in the entire land." But like Sodom and Gomorrah, Ubar was destroyed by God for the sins of its people. Buried in the desert without a trace, it became known as "the Atlantis of the Sands." Over the centuries, many searched for it unsuccessfully, including Lawrence of Arabia, and skepticism grew that there had ever been a real place called Ubar. Then in the 1980s Nicholas Clapp stumbled on the legend. Poring over ancient manuscripts, he discovered that a slip of the pen in a.d. 1460 had misled generations of explorers. In satellite images he found evidence of ancient caravan routes that were invisible from the ground. Finally he organized two expeditions to Arabia with a team of archaeologists, geologists, space scientists, and adventurers. After many false starts, dead ends, and weeks of digging, they uncovered a remarkable walled city with eight towers, thi

Baker & Taylor
A documentary filmmaker describes in a thorough and often humorous fashion his and his team's successful search for the ancient lost city of Ubar, an ancient city of Arabia supposedly destroyed by God for the sins of its people and lost for centuries in the Arabian desert.

Book News
A first person account of the rediscovery of a lost city in Arabia. Clapp, a modern version of Indiana Jones, used the Space Shuttle in the place of a whip and a team of scientists instead of Sallah in his successful search for a city that had been lost for almost 2000 years. He recounts earlier searches for Ubar by Harry St. John Philby and other adventurers, and then tells his own story that begins dramatically with his discovery of a scribe's error in the 1460s. Clapp found that the city, which was supposedly destroyed by God along with Sodom and Gomorrah for the sins of its people, had been abandoned after a giant sinkhole opened up underneath it. Includes an extensive bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Describes the successful search for the lost city of Ubar, an ancient city of Arabia supposedly destroyed by God for the sins of its people and lost for centuries in the Arabian desert

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1998
ISBN: 9780395875964
Branch Call Number: 939.49 CLA
Characteristics: 342 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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