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

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia examines the impact of ancient trade routes that traversed the Arabian Peninsula, carrying precious frankincense and myrrh to Mesopotamia and the Greco-Roman world and allowing for a vibrant exchange of both objects and ideas. With the later rise of Islam, pilgrimage roads converged on Mecca and gradually replaced the well-traveled incense roads.

This exhibition features objects recently excavated from more than 10 archeological sites throughout the peninsula. The surprising discoveries on display open a new window onto the culture and economy of this ancient civilization.

The unprecedented assembly made its U.S. debut at the Smithsonian Institution's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in 2012 before traveling to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. An earlier version of the show was exhibited in Barcelona, Berlin, Paris and Saint Petersburg.

On view through March 9, 2014.

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
http://www.mfah.org/exhibitions/roads-arabia-archaeology-and-history-kingdom-saudi/

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Free with museum admission.
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