Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pioneers to the Past: American Archaeologists in the Middle East, 1919–20

In October I noted that the Oriental Institute will open a special exhibit:

Pioneers to the Past: American Archaeologists in the Middle East, 1919–20

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The exhibit will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essays by archaeologists and historians. It will also be accompanied by a reprint of Pioneer to the past: The story of James Henry Breasted.

In 1977, the Oriental Institute produced another publication on Breasted's trip:
The 1919/20 Breasted expedition to the Near East : a photographic study.
In the spring of 1919, James Henry Breasted, founder of the Oriental Institute, began a year long expedition to the Near East. Accompanied by Daniel D Luckenbill and several graduate students, Breasted travelled extensively through Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine. In these fiche, 163 of the photographs taken during Breasted's journey are arranged to follow the expedition's itinerary. They record the numerous archaeological sites that Breasted visited, the Arab and British leaders with whom he met, and scenes of contemporary native life. The accompanying text records the progress of the expedition, and identifies the describes the photographs. vi + 30p, 1 map (booklet), 2 b/w fiche (163 frames) (Microeditions Special Publications, Oriental Institute 1977)
The book seems to be available for an excellent price from DBB. I'm led to believe that this text/fiche publication will also appear online in some form during the exhibit.

The Oriental Institute page on facebook is offering previews of some of the photographs in the exhibition.

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