Ranulph Fiennes, the explorer has discovered clues that could
lead to the discovery of a fabled civilisation which flourished
5,000 years ago before being lost in the sands of Oman.
the co-leader of an expedition to the remote Rub al Khali
The Empty Quarter in Oman said yesterday that he had
found traces of the people of Ad and their legendary city of
Ubar, named Irem in the Koran.
Nicholas Clapp, an American film maker, the expedition had found
more than 900 artefacts and an ancient road system buried in
the massive sand dunes of the Empty Quarter, about 600 miles
south-west of Omans capital Muscat.
were made with the use of the latest technology including satellite
images from the Challenger Space Shuttle and radar.
46, who had to return to Britain for a libel action in which
he won £100,00 damages this week against a Canadian magazine,
said: The space shuttle equipment has been very useful.
Im very excited about the find, but the trouble
is that the heat-sensing equipment only penetrates 16 ft below
the sand. If the city is buried any deeper it will be very difficult
of the site is expected to begin in November once permission
has been given by the Sultan of Oman.
for the city began for Sir Ranulph in 1970 when he was commanding
a military reconnaissance platoon in the region. About one mile
of the ancient road has been discovered, plus pottery shards.