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Published: 05 May 2020

416 Pages | 30 black and white figures/illustrations


ISBN: 9780198824558

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Empires of Antiquities

Modernity and the Rediscovery of the Ancient Near East, 1914-1950

Billie Melman

  • Recovers the history of archaeology and the search for the ancient Near East between the outbreak of the First World War and the decolonization of the British Empire
  • Portrays a new international history of the 'regime of antiquities', under the oversight of the League of Nations and its institutions
  • Offers an unusually broad geographical and thematic scope, encompassing Britain, its Middle Eastern territories, and those of international institutions
  • Uncovers the relationship between the discovery of the near eastern past and its archaeology, and experiences of and perceptions of modernity
  • Brings international politics into the study of the history of archaeology
  • Draws on an unusually extensive archival research in Britain, France, Switzerland, the US, and the Middle East