Building from the Sea: The Coral Masonry of Jezirat Al Hamra, Ras Al Khaimah

Talk

WHEN November 11, 2019
6:30-8pm WHERE NYUAD Campus, Conference Center WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public

A mysterious cluster of over 500 buildings constructed almost entirely from coral, Jezirat Al Hamra, Ras Al Khaimah is a coastal village that was abandoned over half a century ago. This talk traces the evolution of this community, which represents a unique archaeological and architectural asset for the Emirates, into the future, and examines the practice of coral masonry. Using geochemical dating techniques, we can understand the history of the coral structures and calculate the type and volume of corals that were mined from the sea to support the expansion of this early urban setting. 

Speakers
  • John Burt, Head of the Marine Biology Lab and Assistant Professor of Biology, NYUAD
Hosted by
  • NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

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