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Seller: ancientgifts (4,323) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122084239075 Details: TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! The Road to Ubar: Finding The Atlantis of the Sands by Nicholas Clapp. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 342 pages. Publisher: A Mariner Book; Houghton Mifflin Company; (1998). No one thought that Ubar, the most fabled city of ancient Arabia, would ever be found-if it even existed. Buried in the desert without a trace, it had become known as "the Altantis of the Sands." Many had searched for Ubar, including Lawrence of Arabia. Then in the 1980's, Nicholas Clapp, a documentary filmmaker and amateur archaeologist, stumbled on the legend of the lost city while poring over historical manuscripts. Filled with overwhelming curiosity, he led two expeditions to Arabia with a team that included NASA space scientists, archaeologists, and geologists. The discovery of Ubar was front-page news across the world and was heralded by Time as one of three major scientific events of 1992. CONDITION: NEW. New oversized softcover. Houghton-Mifflin (1998) 342 pages. Unblemished, unmarked, pristine in every respect. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: The discovery of Ubar, a lost city of ancient Arabia, was a major archaeological find. The story of the discovery, as told by the man who led the search, is a literary adventure tale of old-world exploration. Filmmaker Nicholas Clapp, while documenting the re-introduction into the wild of three Arabian oryxes from the San Diego Zoo, falls so in love with their native land that he is determined to find a reason to return. He grows obsessed with the long-lost city of Ubar. In "The Road to Ubar" Clapp writes of his long effort to find the city that, according to legend, was an ancient frankincense marketplace buried in sand hundreds of years ago by Allah's wrath. At the heart of Clapp's search is the question of whether and how this ubiquitous myth intersects with history. Luckily for Clapp, for the resulting "Nova" documentary, and for this book, history rears its stony head, and the foundations of the city are uncovered in what would become one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the century. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: The captivating story of documentry filmmaker Clapp's search for the lost, fabled city of Ubar. Wondrous and magical, the Arabian city appears and disappears in the stories of the Arabian Nights. It was thought to be set in splendid isolation on sun-blasted sands of the Empty Quarter, rich beyond measure, destroyed for its sins by the wrath of Allah. Bertram Thomas never found it, nor did Harry St. John Philby, T.E. Lawrence, or Wilfred Thesiger. By his own admission, Clapp became obsessed with finding Ubar, so he turned over every bit of information he could find on the city. His first break came when he discovered an error in Ptolemy's Atlas, relocating Omanum Emporium (Ubar?) to the east, to the land of the Ubarites, astride the major incense road. Clapp manages to get NASA to provide him with radar imagery of the target area, uncovers the road to Ubar that Thomas had mentioned, and strikes it rich during an excavation of the abandoned trading center of Shisur. Clapp is convinced it is the great, lost Ubar, and he provides plenty of evidence. pottery types and sequences, architectural plans, and the role of the incense trade, to back up his claim. Clapp knows when to keep to the facts and when to get fanciful (though never extravagant), as in his enchanting speculations on the history of Ubar, from Homo Erectus's first moochings in the vicinity to the rise of the People of 'Ad to the morality play between pious Hud and arrogant Shaddad that betokened the city's doom (albeit more likely the city collapsed into a giant sinkhole). A stupendous archaeological achievement, doubtless, but Clapp's ability to conjure the power of a mythological landscape is what drives this book. REVIEW: For centuries, the city of Ubar was the object of legend, quests and uncertainty. An ancient trading outpost in Arabia, it had, according to the Koran, sunk into the desert sands as a result of God's wrath upon its sinful population. In the 1980's, Clapp, a documentary filmmaker, undertook to find the city. After exhaustive research that took him from ancient texts to satellite photos, he eventually led an expedition that finally located Ubar in what is now Oman. Clapp first learned of the then-chimerical city in the early 1980's, when working on a film about the oryx (a tough and graceful desert antelope). His interest was piqued further as he read of 19th-century British expeditions, which he synopsizes along with other relevant tales. Like Indiana Jones, Clapp is as comfortable in the library as in reconnaissance helicopters or on the sands, and his efforts to separate myth from possible reality make for a gripping intellectual adventure. Clapp's team, including his wife and expedition manager, Kay, and a host affable experts, weren't sure what they'd found in a giant sinkhole until they spent weeks digging and putting pieces of pottery together with knowledge of the ancient trade in frankincense. What they found was not only Ubar but also a fitting resolution to Clapp's engaging story of the excitement of discovery, of a mystery solved and of the spirit of adventure. REVIEW: The discovery of the mythical city of Ubar in Oman, aided by satellite images, was hailed as one of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries of 1992. Ubar, once a center of the frankincense trade, sank without a trace into the desert sands somewhere between A.D. 300 to 500. In this definitive and enthralling work, Clapp, a documentary filmmaker who spearheaded the search for Ubar, weaves together several trends: clues found in ancient texts, remote sensing technology, and the modus operandi of an archaeological expedition. Legend, myth, earlier accounts (the bibliography and notes are considerable), and archaeological evidence are pieced together to reconstruct Ubar's history. The epilog describes an entertaining foray into neighboring Yemen to visit the Prophet Hud's tomb. The wide media interest in the expedition will surely make this a popular title, and it is unreservedly recommended. REVIEW: 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 1460's. 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. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This is the kind of story movies are made of! It wouldn't surprise me if a Hollywood producer (Steven Spielberg perhaps?) decided to make a movie of this fantastic book. It's got adventure, mystery, discovery, a lost city, and interesting characters. And to top it off, it's absolutely true! This real-life "Indiana Jones" adventure will draw you in and not let go until the very last page. It's amazing that, a mere 10 years ago, a rather eclectic bunch consisting of an archaeologist, a geologist, and adventurer, and a documentary filmmaker (the author and "hero" of the story) set off to find a lost city, one that, up until then, existed only in myth and legend. Through the use of NASA radar imagery, Nicholas Clapp was able to find the road to Ubar, a long, trampled path that snaked around the sand dunes of modern day Saudia Arabia and Oman, once used by thousands of camel caravans carrying precious incense from Ubar. Clapp and crew eventually do find the lost city, buried deep beneath the sands. It's a reminder to us all how quickly history can disappear beneath the sands of time. The book is an exciting read, and never drags. You will be captivated by their story and amazed that it's all completely true! And it all started with one man who dared to take a second look at an ancient myth, and found out it wasn't really a myth at all. Hollywood couldn't have written a better script! REVIEW: An absorbing tale! Arab legends, and the Koran itself, speak of an ancient city of great wealth and great wickedness. This city was Ubar, the "many-columned city." In punishment for its idolatry and wickedness, Allah destroyed Ubar. Legends further tell that a number of people, lost in the great Arabian Desert, have seen the ruins of the great city and told of the wealth that it still contains. In the 1980s, Nicholas Clapp, a noted filmmaker, became absorbed with the legend of Ubar. Searching ancient manuscripts, and using ultramodern techniques, Clapp set out to uncover this "Atlantis of the Sands." This is the story of that search. I found myself really enjoying this book, much more than I had ever expected. It is well-written, dramatic, and succeeds in keeping you in suspense. When I first picked the book up, I was interested in the subject, but the author succeeded in making me very interested indeed. REVIEW: Wonderful book. Read it all in a couple of days. Great read to get away from the everyday. A fascinating story, alternating between the ancient past and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, using satellite photos to find the route to an ancient, lost trade center in the Empty Quarter of Arabia. I've read this book several times; it is still interesting. REVIEW: This is a must read book. The author's handling of how the ancient city was found and the subsequent discoveries should give anyone with interest in history reason to spend a few hours with this book. As someone who has spent considerable time in North Africa and the Middle East (since 1982) I was astonished by his understanding of the peoples of the Arabian Peninsula. For once, somebody actually portrayed these mischaracterized peoples for who they are and not what the stateside pundits think they should be. Well done and congratulations. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). The shipment will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. 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Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. 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