Deserts in Oman.

One of the reasons I find the deserts here in Oman so fascinating is the amount of archaeological sites that can be found, usually helped by word of mouth from the Bedouin. Standing next to a bed of flint that has been left by its workers a few thousand years ago. Rock art that has only recently come to the attention of those interested in such things. Stone artefacts that defy any description of their purpose.

The Rub al khali (the largest sand desert in the world) along with the Ramlat al-Wahiba are so vast that no one has been able to fully explore even a small area. One of the nice things about Google Maps is the ability to sit in comfort and slowly search for unusual surface indications or as in Saudi Arabia; major stone structures.

Load-up the Landrover, usually find someone as crazy and go look!

So being able to get a copy of this book, has kept me out of mischief for days…………..


From the Back Cover:

The contemporary deserts of Arabia form some of the most dramatic arid landscapes in the world; yet, during many times in the past, the region was well-watered, containing evidence for rivers and lakes. Climatic fluctuations through time must have had a profound effect on human population that lived and passed through the region. In this book, paleoenvironmental specialists, archaeologists and geneticists are brought together to provide a comprehensive account of the evolution of human populations in Arabia. A wide range of topics are explored in this book, including environmental change and its impact on human populations, the movement and dispersal of populations through the region, and the origin and spread of food producing economies. New theories and interpretations are presented which provide new insights into the evolution of human populations in a key region of the world.

8 thoughts on “Deserts in Oman.

    1. No. they are not my favourite animal, although I have a friend who owns some and he has let me ride on the odd occasion. Unlike the horse , they have a sideways swaying motion that takes a bit of getting familiar with. I will stick with the horse, a much more congenial animal 🙂

  1. I’m glad that you enjoy exploring and photographing that area, David, because I sure do enjoy seeing your photos and I know I will never be able to go there myself.

  2. As a kid I was so fascinated by deserts, and still am. Wish you well on your adventures in the Rub al khali, I am jealous!

    1. An area of the world that very few see. I am very lucky, even if I only put the odd toe into its sands, as the preparation and distances preclude regular visits. The Wahiba on the other hand is quite easily ventured into and is just as fascinating.


      1. True, I think it is a place that does not get a lot of publicity…but the Wahiba sands is a place that I will visit one day. Happy trails.

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