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The German Excavations at Ctesiphon

  • Oscar Reuther
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In the autumn of 1928 a German archaeological expedition began to excavate the site of Ctesiphon, the capital of the Sassanid empire. Two years earlier the Deutsche Orientgesellschaft, which had successfully made excavations at Babylon, Assur, Farah and Warka, was informed by the Iraq Ministry of Education that the help of German archaeologists in carrying out research would be welcomed. The Society thereupon agreed to co-operate with the Notgemeinschaft der Deutschen Wissenschaft in the excavation of Ctesiphon and Seleucia.

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* These conclusions are firmly established, but the exact sequence of events is still rather obscure. We were flown over the site of Seleucia by Wing-Commander Insall on 17 October 1928, but he had already seen the rectangular plan many months before and identified it as Seleucia. A fresh air-photograph of the site was taken last December by the R.A.F., and we hope to publish this shortly, together with notes on it. We are in communication with Professor Watennan, of Michigan University, and with investigators at Baghdad who have kindly promised assistance.—EDITOR.

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Antiquity
  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
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