The Dhofar Archaeological Project (DAP) is an ongoing, inter-disciplinary investigation of human prehistory and palaeoenvironments throughout the Dhofar region of southern Oman. The international team is made up of scholars from countries around the world to study the role of this unique region in the dispersal of modern humans out of Africa, and as a population refugium for subsequent hunter-gatherer groups occupying its extensive river networks and fertile upland zones.

Since initiating the project in 2009, the DAP team has uncovered a wealth of prehistoric sites ranging from Early Acheulean to Mesolithic, including evidence of a modern human expansion out of Africa during the Middle Palaeolithic period. The next field season beginning January 2011 will continue to track the spread of these early humans groups in Dhofar, as well as to excavate a series of Mesolithic rockshelters to learn more of this previously unknown period of occupation in Arabia.

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