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C. Leonard Woolley
Sir Charles Leonard Woolley was born on April 17, 1880 in a suburb of London.  He was educated at New College, Oxford.  After working for a short time at the Ashmolean Museum, Woolley began his archaeology career with excavations at Corbridge in Northern England, in 1906.  He went on to excavate at Carchemish in Syria for the British Museum in 1912.  Read more

Katherine Woolley
Katharine Menke was born in England in June of 1888 to German parents. She attended Somerville College, Oxford but did not complete her education. Katharine married Lieutenant Colonel Bertram Keeling on March 3, 1919. Read more

T.E. Lawrence
Thomas Edward Lawrence (commonly referred to as T.E.) was born in Wales on August 16, 1888, the second of five sons. After studying medieval architecture at Jesus College in Oxford, Lawrence went on to work as an archaeologist at the British Museum’s excavations in Carchemish, Syria. At Carchemish, Lawrence worked with Sir Leonard Woolley, who would later go on to excavate the Royal Cemetery at Ur. Read more

Max Mallowan
Sir Max Edgar Lucien Mallowan was born in London, England in 1904. He studied Classics at Oxford. His first archaeological work after college was as an assistant to Leonard Woolley at Ur. Mallowan joined the Ur expedition in the 3rd season, 1925-1926; he remained on staff for the next six seasons. Read more

Agatha Christie
Dame Agatha Christie was born Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller on September 15, 1890 in Devon, England. She married Archibald Christie in 1914, though the two were divorced in 1928. She began her writing career with the publication of her first mystery in 1920, The Mysterious Affairs at Styles. She met Max Mallowan at the Ur excavations and married him in 1930. Read more

Gertrude Bell
Born to a wealthy family in England in 1868, Gertrude Bell was a powerful and influential character in the modern history of the middle east, helping to define the borders of modern-day Iraq. After receiving a degree from Oxford University, Bell spent time traveling across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Read more

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