December 6, 2017

"Reflections on 10 Years at the Bronze Age Site of Bat in the Sultanate of Oman"

Christopher Thornton
Senior Director of Cultural Heritage at the National Geographic Society
Direct of the Bat Archaeological Project of the University of Pennsylvania Museum

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
7:00 PM
Breasted Hall of the Oriental Institute

Southeastern Arabia today is a center of global commerce due to the vast oil resources of the region, with monumental structures rising out of the deserts and mountainous valleys of the UAE and Oman. But, this is not the first time such social complexity has appeared in this arid region. A decade of research at the World Heritage Site of Bat has she dnew light on this enigmatic society — how it arose, why it persevered, and ultimately why it collapsed.