The British Museum’s Excavations at Nineveh, 1846–1855

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Geoffrey Turner has written the definitive study of the mid-19th century excavations sponsored by the British Museum at the ancient Assyrian site of Nineveh in Iraq. Based on exhaustive analysis of unpublished archives combined with his own extensive knowledge of Assyrian architecture, Turner’s work documents the complete history of these excavations. Turner also draws on the archives and numerous additional sources to provide a detailed reconstruction of the architecture and relief sculpture in the building that was the primary focus of these excavations, the Southwest Palace of Sennacherib (ruled 705-681 BC). The result constitutes the final report both on the results of these excavations and on the original appearance of one of the ancient world’s most famous buildings.

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Geoffrey Turner, M.Phil. (1967), London University, was a specialist in ancient Assyrian architecture with publications including “The State Apartments of Late Assyrian Palaces” (Iraq 32, 1970) and architecture chapters in the British Museum books on the Ashurbanipal and Sennacherib palaces.

John Malcolm Russell, Ph.D. (1985), University of Pennsylvania, specializes in the art and architecture of the Assyrian empire. His publications include The Final Sack of Nineveh: The Discovery, Documentation, and Destruction of Sennacherib’s Throne Room at Nineveh, Iraq (Yale, 1998).
"Geoffrey Turner has written the definitive study of the mid-19th-century excavations sponsored by the British Museum at the ancient Assyrian site of Nineveh in today’s northern Iraq under the direction of A. L. Layard. Based on exhaustive analysis of unpublished archives combined with his own extensive knowledge of Assyrian architecture, T.’s work documents the complete history of these excavations. (...) This (quantitatively and qualitatively) substantial volume is a worthy monument of the scholarly industry of T., its late author (who died prior to its completion in October 2018), and a testimony to the pietas of R., T.’s friend and editor."
- C.T.B., in Old Testament Abstracts, vol. 45 (2022).
Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
List of Illustrations with Image Credits
List of Tables
Chapter Abstracts

The Sources for Layard’s Excavations at Nineveh

1 Layard’s First Expedition to Assyria, October 1845–June 1847

2 Layard’s Second Expedition, First Phase, September 1849–March 1850

3 Layard’s Second Expedition, Second Phase, May–July 1850

4 Layard’s Second Expedition, Third Phase, August–October 1850

5 Layard’s Second Expedition, Fourth Phase, October 1850–April 1851

6 The Southwest Terrace Wing, Chambers QQ–UU and ZZ, Rooms LI–LIX

7 Kuyunjik, May 1851–March 1855

Epilogue

Colour Plates
Plans
Bibliography
Index
Art and architectural historians interested in the Neo-Assyrian empire, scholars of biblical studies and biblical archaeology interested in Sennacherib, and researchers in the historiography and early history of scientific archaeology.
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