Dr. Juris Zarins is a professor of sociology and anthropology at Springfield's Southwest Missouri State University. He has been involved in archaeological fieldwork in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Oman, and was chief archaeologist in the Transarabian Expedition that discovered the ancient city of Ubar. This famous expedition was featured in The New York Times, and made the list of the ten most important discoveries of 1992 by Discover, Time and Newsweek magazines. The expedition was also the subject of the NOVA program Lost City of Arabia.
Dr. Zarins has published articles on a variety of topics concerning the archaeology of the Near East, and is currently involved in a new project in Yemen. His topic on Theme Day at Drury will be "The perception of reality."
SMSU Department of Sociology and Anthropology
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