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Off the Shelf

British and French Excavations in the Near East, 1845-1867

Off the Shelf is a monthly event at the Museum Library
Drawing of bas-relief showing two Assyrians
Botta, Paul-Émie and Eugène Napoléon Flandin. Monument de Ninive découvert et décrit. Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1849, T. 1, pl. 12 (Museum Library Locked Collection Folio 913.351 N62Bot.2)

3-4PM, Friday, January 25

French scholar and diplomat, Paul-Émile Botta, and British adventurer, Colonel Austen Henry Layard, excavated at Nineveh, Khorsabad, and Nimrud in the 1840s and 1850s. Beautifully illustrated publications about their discoveries and adventures inspired other large-scale excavations and research in Mesopotamia, leading to University of Pennsylvania’s first archaeological expedition and the founding of the Penn Museum.

Join NELC faculty members and associate curators at the Penn Museum, Dr. Richard Zettler and Dr. Grant Frame, together with Head of the Museum Library, Dr. Deb Stewart to view and discuss books by Botta, Layard, and their contemporaries in this one-hour pop-up exhibit.

First floor of the Museum Library.