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Khor Rori: A Maritime Resources-Based Candidate for Nephi’s Harbor

TitleKhor Rori: A Maritime Resources-Based Candidate for Nephi’s Harbor
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsPotter, George
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsArabia; Bountiful (Old World); Khor Rori; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Shipbuilding

Khor Rori, which forms the mouth of Wadi (Valley) Darbat, is the largest inlet along the Dhofar coast of southern Arabia. The khor was excavated into a harbor by the erosive action of the river that flows through Wadi Darbat. In ancient times, Khor Rori was the only harbor in the Dhofar Region that could accommodate large sailing ships. The first colonizers of Khor Rori, who arrived around the ninth century bc, must have realized that this particular khor, because of its morphology, was an ideal natural port for trading their frankincense with other seafaring nations. Because Khor Rori has long been considered an important candidate for Bountiful and offers the advantage of not only the rich vegetation in Wadi Darbat and good sources of flowing water, it is also a safe harbor where a ship could have been built — indeed, the harbor would later become a busy port noted for building ships and much trade. This article provides updates since the original publications about Khor Rori, better documenting its advantages and exploring the possibility that essential raw materials for shipbuilding and shipwright expertise might have already existed at Khor Rori in Nephi’s day.

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