The Greening of Arabia: Water, Fossils and Early Peoples by Professor Michael Petraglia

Professor Michael Petraglia is Co-director of the Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art, and Culture at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford. He will present some of his team’s research in the Palaeodeserts Project, focusing upon environmental change in the Arabian Desert.

Satellite images show Arabia was well-watered many times in the past. This talk will examine evidence (stone tools, rock art) from ancient rivers and lakes in Arabia. New archaeological discoveries demonstrate that Arabia was a central cross-road in the remote past and a key geographic link between early human cultures in Africa and Asia.

Held jointly with the MBI Al Jaber Foundation. Not available online.