Wendell Phillips with an ancient Qataban identification "tag"
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Wendell Phillips's extraordinary quest

Wendell Phillips is often described as America's Lawrence of Arabia.

In 1949 he put together the largest archaeological expedition to Yemen, hoping to find the ancient cities of Timna and Marib - legendary home of the Queen of Sheba.

What Phillips discovered and his trail blazing adventures are the subject of a new exhibition, Unearthing Arabia, at the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington.

The BBC's Jane O'Brien went to see how a dashing young explorer made history on one of the last frontiers of archaeology.

  • 11 Oct 2014
Go to next video: Photos from the royal court of Benin