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November 17, 2012 – February 24, 2013
Museum: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Location: Sublevel 1
Featuring newly discovered artifacts recently excavated from more than 10 sites throughout the Arabian Peninsula, this exhibition focuses on the impact of ancient trade roads that traversed the peninsula and examines the development of pilgrimage roads that converged on Mecca with the rise of Islam. It showcases more than 200 objects, ranging from Paleolithic funerary stele found in the northern regions of Hail and Tabuk to early 20th-century photographs of Makkah (Mecca), Medina, and Riyadh.