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Indiana Jones sparked young folks’ interest in archaeology in the 1980s, but decades before Harrison Ford rescued biblical artifacts from Nazis, a budding paleontologist named Wendell Phillips was already embarking on similar adventures. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery examines one of Phillips’ early journeys to South Arabia (what’s now Yemen) in its new exhibition, “Unearthing Arabia.” Along with a collection of objects unearthed by Phillips and his team, including bronze reliefs and plaques, curators have chosen to display photos and short videos of the 1949–1952 trip to explain not just what was discovered but how it was retrieved. Phillips’ work was so appreciated by the local people that they named him a Bedouin sheikh; to this day, he’s the only American to receive such an honor. Guests can reimagine Phillips’ exploration in the cool confines of the Sackler, free from Arabian dust and blinding sun. The exhibition is on view daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to June 7 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. NW. Free. (202) 633-4880. asia.si.edu.