Visiting the Famous Pillow Basalts in Wadi Jizzi, Oman


If you have never heard of pillow basalts before, don’t worry. For over 5 years I didn’t realize that I worked a mere two hours away from a pretty famous geological site. If you want to know more about pillow basalts and how to see famous ones in Oman, keep reading.
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Behind the Discovery and Publication of Aqir al-Shamoos


Amongst archaeologists, there are a number of ‘firsts’ we all remember. Our first archaeology course, our first fieldwork experience, our first ‘cool’ discovery. Recently, I had a memorable first – my first peer-reviewed publication. Interestingly, the publication is about a major first discovery for Arabia. In this post I want to give you a behind-the-scenes look at...

The Doors of Oman


I’ve travelled and worked in Oman for the past three years, but it was during this year’s field season that one specific architectural feat stood out that wasn’t on my radar before— doors. Omani doors are captivating and there is no shortage of variety. They can be made out of wood, metal, or both. The color combinations, textures, and decorative details are seemingly endless...

Architectural Feats in Oman Throughout the Ages


Oman is currently a hotspot for travellers. It’s also a place that is receiving increasing attention by archaeologists. Oman features a stunning landscape, which includes an expansive sand dune desert, a myriad of wadis (intermittent rivers), numerous mountainous outcrops, a lengthy coastline, and more. Amidst these natural wonders, humans have been building permanent structures in the...

Smiti Nathan

I’m an archaeologist that travels around the world for both work and pleasure. I have a penchant for exploring ancient and modern places and the people, plants, and foods entangled in them. I write about archaeology, travel, and productivity.



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