Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

November 17, 2012 – February 24, 2013

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevel 1 Floor Plan

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.