Smithsonian: “Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips”


  • Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler Gallery 1050 Independence Avenue Southwest Washington, DC, 20560 United States

Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: “Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips”

Wendell Phillips, a young paleontologist and geologist, headed one of the largest archaeological expeditions to remote South Arabia (present-day Yemen) from 1949 to 1951. Accompanied by some of the leading scholars, scientists, and technicians of the day, Phillips was on a quest to uncover two ancient cities—Timna, the capital of the once-prosperous Qataban kingdom, and Marib, the reputed home of the legendary Queen of Sheba—that had flourished along the fabled incense road some 2,500 years earlier. Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the expedition team, the exhibition highlights Phillips’s key finds, recreates his adventures (and misadventures), and conveys the thrill of discovery on this important great archaeological frontier.

Visitors can see Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery from October 11, 2014 to June 7, 2015.

More information: http://www.asia.si.edu/unearthingarabia/ 
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