The Babylonian Collections of the University Museum

By: Leon Legrain

Originally Published in 1944

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HERE is a little historical guide, composed for the visitor to the Babylonian Section of the University Museum, so that he may find, arranged in a somewhat loose chronological order, an account of the discoveries made in Mesopotamia in the various excavations from which have come the many beautiful and curious objects exhibited in the Museum collections. He may be interested to know, too, that the Museum is the oldest of its kind in America, that the Babylonian Section was the first section opened and indeed the very excuse for the establishment of the Museum, and that the first important Assyrian monument to reach this country-as early as 1853-belongs to it. In which facts he may take a modest pride conforming to an old Philadelphia tradition. Since that time, the University Museum has carried on, independently or with other scholarly institutions, many excavations in Mesopotamia which have dramatically extended our knowledge of cultural sequence and activity in that area. A list of these expeditions follows and their significance will be discussed later as they occur in this account.

Drawn map of ancient sites in Mesopotamia
Ancient Sites in Mesopotamia
Nippur 1888-1900 (with the Oriental Institute of Chicago, 1948 . . .)
Ur 1922-1934 (with theBritish Museum)
Nuzi (Kirkuk) 1929-1931 (with the Semitic and Fogg Museums of Harvard University and the American Schools of Oriental Research, Baghdad)
Tepe Gawra and Tell Billa 1930-1938 (with the American Schools of Oriental Research, Baghdad, and Dropsie College)
Fâra 1931
Khafaje 1987-1938

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Legrain, Leon. "Introduction." Museum Bulletin X, no. 3-4 (June, 1944): 7-7. Accessed July 15, 2024.

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