Eastern Arabia has been a cultural crossroads connecting Africa and the Middle East since early in the last glaciation. During a brief trip as part of a University education mission, I was able to meet most of the archaeologists working in Oman and visit a wide range of sites relevant to the rise of oceanic navigation; the trade in food, stones, and metals between the earliest civilizations; and the rise of complex and unusual polities in the most difficult environments. In addition, I witnessed the extraordinary achievements and generosity of living Omanis. I look forward to sharing as many of these insights as possible.
Henry T. Wright, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan