Ubar

Ubar is an archaeological site in Dhofar province of Oman, many names have been given to the lost city since its discovery in 1990, Ubar, Wabar, Iram, and Atlantis of Sands being a few of many. It is located on an ancient Frankincense trade route in southern Arabia. Although the the ancient lost city has been identified with Iram of Quran based on its archaeological features and description given in Quran, but there is no direct evidence found so far.

Nicholas Clapp, the archaeologist who discovered and identified the site, speculates that the destruction of the city happened between 300 to 500 CE as the result of an earthquake which precipitated the collapse of the limestone table; but it was the decline of the incense trade, which led to the decline of the caravan routes through Shisr, that sealed Ubar's fate.

Date Landscape Notes Reference
c. 2000 BCE Artistic rendering of ancient city of Ubar of Qom-i 'Aad, to whome prophet Hud was sent. Andy Brown
c. 2000 BCE Remains of the fortress or an administrative structure, a large portion was destroyed when it collapsed into a sink-hole. It might have functioned as a guard post to administer the access to the water. N/A
c. 2000 BCE Sketch of Iram of PillarsStructure above the sink hole, could have been an administrative, religious or stronghold building guarding the water hole. N/A
c. 2000 BCE Modern entrance to the water hole, at the time of 'Aad the possible water level was up to the top of cliff. N/A
c. 2000 BCE Foundation of one of the eight pillars, which were connect by a 30 feet high wall. N/A
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c. 2000 BCE An arial view of Iram of Pillars, from "Civilization Lost", History Channel documentary Civilization Lost
c. 2000 BCE Computer generated reconstruction of the area N/A
Latest Update: February 11, 2015
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