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A Research Note: Continuing Exploration and Research in Oman

TitleA Research Note: Continuing Exploration and Research in Oman
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsWarren P. Aston
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsArabia; Book of Mormon Geography - Old World; Bountiful (Old World); Dhofar; Oman

The significance of the ongoing studies into the potential location of the Old World “Bountiful,” which Nephi reminds us was “prepared of the Lord” (1 Nephi 17:5), and is documented in great detail by him, can hardly be overstated. Bountiful’s resources had to be truly substantial and unique to enable the Lehites to recover from years of land travel from Jerusalem and to build a ship capable of reaching the New World. Exploration and scientific studies of the Dhofar region of southern Oman, the only section of the Arabian coast containing the feature Nephi describes, continue to the present. Here I briefly discuss, chronologically, recent developments of special significance to Book of Mormon studies.