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A webpage devoted to the RASA (Roots of Agriculture in Southern Arabia) has just been uploaded to the AIYS website.


foreground to rear: Ramzy Ladeh, Mohammed Sinnah, excavating the Kheshiya Cattle Skull Ring, Abdulla Saram in rear and a woman from the Al-Aliy bedouin group herding distant goats

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In 1978 Najwa and I began a year's ethnographic fieldwork in the beautiful highland valley of al-Ahjur, not far from Kawkaban. Al-Ahjur had several musician families, including Bayt Qashtar. This is a recent song about al-Ahjur with scenes of the valley today. What once was a set of terraces dotted with sorghum, maize, wheat, barley and only a few coffee and qat trees has now become an ocean of qat. You can hear the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrJdGZTBiqw&feature=youtu.be.


For those who want an older style, there is al-Harithi on al-Ahjur: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNSL3zIgCew

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