What is it Really Like to Dig at Nephi’s Bountiful in Oman? | Meridian Magazine Meridian Magazine

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July 17, 2024


Chad Aston has been coming to Khor Kharfot for more than 20 years.  He recently produced a DVD called Lehi in Arabia. To see a trailer, get more information and/or purchase this DVD, please click here.  Meridian’s affiliate proceeds from the sale of this DVD will go directly to the Khor Kharfot Foundation who is financing the excavations at Nephi’s Bountiful.

We are all curious to know what might have been left behind at Nephi’s Bountiful.  It wasn’t until November 8, 2015 that the gracious Omani government granted a permit to be able to dig for the first time at Khor Kharfot.  This truly sounds like exotic work, daily boat rides into a remote beach on the Arabian Sea and hiking up to an area with an ancient sanctuary.  Admittedly it is very exotic, but it is also just plain dirty work.  We will be offering some of these dirty positions to Meridian readers in future expeditions. Stay tuned.  For now, come with us and get a real visual on the work that has been started at this, the very best candidate for Bountiful where Nephi built the ship.

Chad AstonMarch 8, 2016

Hi Ron, the site is very large. The wadi mouth is more than 2 km across, the entire fertile area extends much further, into Yemen on the western coast. There are still large trees (fig, tamarind, palm etc) still in the valley today which are suitable for ship building. So no need to import timber from anywhere.

Ron SnyderMarch 7, 2016

What is the total size of the site? Is there evidence of where the timber to build the ship came from, and how far it had to be transported? Your reports make me feel like I'm right there. Thank you.


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