Stargazing in traditional water management: a case study in northern Oman

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Stargazing in traditional water management: a case study in northern Oman

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dc.contributor.author Nash, Harriet en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-01-25T13:05:30Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T11:46:13Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T16:39:29Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_GB
dc.description.abstract This paper presents some of the results of the author's first year of doctoral research. Despite the availability of watches, stars are still used in some villages in northern Oman to time the allocation of water for irrigation by an age-old method of tapping groundwater by gravity flow. It appears that the use of stars survives mainly in smaller settlements still dependent on agriculture for livelihoods, where light pollution is less severe than in the towns, and where the community adheres to traditional practices. Many of the stars have different names to those given in the literature on Arabic stars, and the stars used for timing water vary somewhat from one village to another. The method of stargazing also varies among villages: in some the stars are watched rising above the horizon and in others the time is known by the rising or setting of the star above or below a man-made marker, or on its reaching the zenith. A number of stars are identified by their international classification, possibly for the first time. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 37 (2007): 157–170 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/16852 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Archaeopress, Oxford en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.archaeopress.com/defaultArabian.asp en_GB
dc.subject Oman en_GB
dc.subject stars en_GB
dc.subject aflāj en_GB
dc.subject water en_GB
dc.subject irrigation en_GB
dc.title Stargazing in traditional water management: a case study in northern Oman en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-01-25T13:05:30Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T11:46:13Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T16:39:29Z
dc.identifier.journal Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies en_GB


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