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Which of the following, if true, would provide support for Professor Crone's argument about an alternative trading post?
According to the passage, Professor Crone's argument is based on the fact that some early mosques faced northwest Arabia. Therefore, this answer choice weakens rather than supports her theory.
This answer choice would provide support for the argument that Mecca was not a major trading site, but it does not suggest that an area of northwest Arabia fulfilled that function instead.
Although this answer choice undermines the traditional account of Meccan trade, it does not necessarily support Professor Crone's argument.
The existence of modern trade routes does not imply that trade routes previously existed in those areas.
Large amounts of trading materials would suggest that there was a major trading post at a site in northwest Arabia, which is precisely the argument made by Professor Crone.