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Travels and Researches in Chaldaea and Susiana
With an Account of Excavations at Warka, the ‘Erech' of Nimrod, and Shúsh, ‘Shushan the Palace' of Esther, in 1849–52


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  • Date Published: November 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108077453

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  • This book contains two works by William Kennett Loftus (1821–58) in which he describes his archaeological surveying and excavations in Mesopotamia between 1849 and 1855. An enthusiastic antiquarian and geologist, Loftus was appointed to the staff of the Turco-Persian Frontier Commission. On his travels, he located many ruins later identified as biblical cities, including Warkah (Uruk) and Tell el-Muqayyar (Ur). In 1854 Loftus was enabled by the newly formed Assyrian Excavation Fund to return to Warkah, and he excavated over a three-month period, discovering artefacts and cuneiform tablets which he sent to the British Museum. His Travels and Researches, describing his work in Mesopotamia up to 1852, was published in 1857, and his short account of his later work at Warkah in 1859, after his early death. These texts remain a record of the first discoveries in a region significant for its biblical history, but previously hardly visited by Europeans.

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    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108077453
    • length: 536 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 38 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Chaldaea and Susiana:
    1. London to Baghdad
    2. Baghdad to Baylon
    3. Hillah
    4. View from Birs Nimrud
    5. The marshes of Babylon
    6. Kufa
    7. Kerbella
    8. Climate of Chaldaea
    9. From Hillah into the desert
    10. The mighty marsh
    11. Diwaniyya
    12. Bedouins
    13. Plans and preparations for excavating on Warka
    14. Winter
    15. 'The land of Shinar'
    16. 'Wuswas' ruin
    17. New styles of decorative art
    18. The absence of tombs in the mounds of Assyria
    19. Bank-notes of Babylon
    20. Sinkara
    21. Treasures found at Tel Sifr
    22. Mohammerah
    23. Setting out for Susa
    24. Departure from Shuster
    25. The tomb of the prophet Daniel
    26. Early history of Susa
    27. Excavations commenced by Colonel Williams
    28. The great palace of Darius at Susa
    29. Hostility and reconciliation
    30. A long trench
    31. The 'black stone'
    Chronological table
    Part II. Warka.

  • Author

    William Kennett Loftus

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