Wednesday, November 14, 2012 – 9:30am – 11:30am
Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave. S.W., enter through the Enid A. Haupt Garden
“Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” is the U.S. debut of the first major exhibition of the archaeology of the Arabian Peninsula. On view Nov. 17-Feb. 24, 2013, the exhibition highlights a region once known in ancient times as the “crosswords of the world” but whose history is now little known and often misunderstood. More than 300 objects span 5,000 years of history, from the Neolithic age to the 20th century. Many were recently excavated, some only in the past few years, and all have never been displayed in North America.
A free daylong festival, “Eid Al Arabia,” will mark the exhibition’s opening Saturday, Nov. 17. A morning symposium hosts leading archaeological scholars, while the afternoon features hands-on art activities, calligraphy demonstrations, archaeology discoveries, storytellers, musicians and traditional cuisine.
Media should RSVP to PressAsia@si.edu and notify staff in advance of any recording and filming needs. Requests for one-on-one interviews must be made in advance with the museum’s press office.
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