International Archaeological Reports since 1974

Water Management: The Use of Stars in Oman

£34.00
Author:
Harriet Nash
Publication Year:
2011
Language:
English
Paperback:
139pp, Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white
ISBN 10:
1407307991
ISBN:
9781407307992
BAR number:
S2237
Sub-series name:
Society for Arabian Studies Monographs (now British Foundation for the Study of Arabia Monographs), 11
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BOOK DESCRIPTION
The study presents fast disappearing information on the ethnography of agricultural communities in northern Oman and especially on the use of stars. It aims to identify the stars used and record the methods of stargazing in sufficient detail that the systems could be replicated if all local knowledge were lost. It also aims to raise awareness and improve the understanding of the significance of the traditional use of the stars in irrigated agriculture. This aspect of the cultural heritage of the region has not been written about previously in such detail. The main reason for the continued use of stars by a few communities, even though wristwatches are now widely available, is thought to be adherence to tradition both for its own sake and to avoid disputes over the sharing of water. It is considered unlikely that this ancient practice will survive more than 10 or 20 years unless the younger generation takes an interest in learning, and putting into practice, the traditions of their forefathers.