Legacy of the Middle East

Cuneiform Writing. Courtesy Texas Memorial Museum.

This exhibition details the profound evolutionary advances in human culture that originated in the ancient Middle East, including agriculture, domestication of animals, and the founding of cities and city-states.  Furthermore, Legacy of the Middle East examines the beginnings of such technologies as metalworking and glassmaking, the invention of the wheel, and the creation of counting and writing.


Using photographs, drawings, maps, charts, and replicas of artifacts, the Legacy of the Middle East provides a concise introduction to the modern kingdom of Saudi Arabia and tells the story of the great cultural revolution that began when hunters and gatherers settled down and began farming. Panel topics include:

  • Modern Saudi Arabia
  • Islam and scholarship
  • Beginnings of agriculture and herding
  • First cities and states
  • Development of metallurgy
  • Invention of the wheel
  • Glass
  • Origins of counting and writing
  • Invention of the alphabet

Legacy of the Middle East is produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in collaboration with the Jeddah Historical Preservation Department [Saudi Arabia] and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

Exhibition Formats

Legacy of the Middle East is available in two formats:

LanguagesEnglish and Arabic
Content10 double-sided panels
11 support legs
Space Requirements108 square feet of floor space (18’ x 6’)
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 3 fiber cases:
  • 41” x 33” x 9” – 77 lbs.
  • 41” x 33” x 9” – 77 lbs.
  • 77” x 11” x 10” – 45 lbs.
Rental Fee*$300*
Rental Period4 weeks
LanguageEnglish and Arabic
Content7 double-sided panels
8 support legs
Space Requirements70 square feet of floor space (5’ x 14’)
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 2 fiber cases:
  • 39” x 28” x 8” – 85 lbs.
  • 72” x 8” x 8” – 30 lbs.
Rental Fee*$150*
Rental Period4 weeks

*Rental fees are based primarily on the cost of shipping. Prices may vary based on current fuel surcharges or venue location within the state of Texas. Out-of-state rentals are priced on an individual basis. Please call for a rental fee quote specific to your venue.

Print Materials

A specified number of print materials are provided with this exhibition at no additional cost. Additional copies of these materials may be obtained for a nominal fee:

  • 50 bilingual teacher guides, bilingual statement of each panel theme
  • 10 posters

Publicity Materials

Press release

Legacy of the Middle East press release

Publicity image

A publicity image is available for promoting this exhibition at your venue. Please contact the exhibitions coordinator to request an electronic file of this image. Please allow 2-3 business days for the exhibitions coordinator to process your request.

Humanities Texas logos

Venues may request a CD with the Humanities Texas logo in a number of electronic file formats for use when developing print and online promotional materials. Logo files are also available for download on the logo page.

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Questions and Rental Information

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2020-2021 Bookings

All dates available. Contact us to reserve this exhibition for the upcoming year.