Presented by Alexander Nagel, PhD, research associate, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Since the 19th century, travelers and enthusiasts have explored and searched for the past of the South Arabian Peninsula. This talk provides an introduction and overview into important aspects of the discoveries and highlight fascinating aspects of current discoveries and archaeological projects in the kingdom. Of particular interest are stone sculptures, discovered in recent years in the Oasis of Tayma, and their context in the wider Arabian world and beyond. Questions about the content of this lecture? E-mail

This lecture is presented in conjunction with Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

About the Friday and Saturday Afternoon Lecture Series
This series of lectures is held on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. with a repeat on Saturdays at 4 p.m. in Brown Auditorium Theater. A reception to meet the speaker and a “Your Turn to Speak” tour follow each lecture.

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