How Idrimi came to London: Diplomacy and the division of archaeological finds in the 1930s

  title={How Idrimi came to London: Diplomacy and the division of archaeological finds in the 1930s},
  author={H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Maloigne},
  journal={Museum History Journal},
  pages={200 - 216}
ABSTRACT From 1936–39 and 1946–49 Sir Charles Leonard Woolley excavated the site of Tell Atchana/ancient Alalakh in southern Turkey on behalf of the British Museum. The statue of King Idrimi, found in 1939, became one of the British Museum’s many prized objects and is on display to this day. At the close of the excavation season in June 1939 the statue became the subject of a dispute between Woolley and the government of the Hatay State, solved only after the intervention of the British Consul… 
1 Citations

Bibliography of urban history 2018



Aziz Ogan and the Development of Archaeological Museums in the Turkish Republic

Abstract This article explores the contribution of Aziz Ogan (1888–1956) to the development of museological practices in Turkey, after the establishment of the Republic in 1923. Ogan exerted a key


This article seeks to contribute to a revisionist account of the role of the British state and the nation in building the British Museum's early antique collections. Traditionally, there has been a

Excavations near Antioch in 1936

In the spring of 1935 I was sent by the Trustees of the British Museum to North Syria to look for a site for excavation. The object which I had in view was to trace the connexions, if such existed,

Alalakh and the Archaeological Landscape of Mukish: The Political Geography and Population of a Late Bronze Age Kingdom

  • Jesse Casana
  • History
    Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
  • 2009
The cuneiform archives unearthed at Tell Atchana, the ancient city of Alalakh, are a rich source of information regarding the history, politics, and economy of the northern Levant during the Late

Alalakh : an account of the excavations at Tell Atchana in the Hatay, 1937-1949

(Gordion: AJA 60 [1956] pl. 93 fig. 41; 6I, this number; ILN November 17, 1956, 858 fig. 9). As explained above, much of the interpretation of Phrygian culture is subject to annual modification with

Admonition and Curse: The Ancient Near Eastern Treaty/Covenant Form as a Problem in Inter-cultural Relationships

Weeks presents here his findings on the differing forms treaties and covenants can take throughout ancient Near Eastern governments and cultures and what those forms can reveal about the people

Archaeology and Modernity

  • B. David
  • Philosophy
    European Journal of Archaeology
  • 2005
Archaeology and Modernity is a long overdue book, but now it has emerged as a work that will undoubtedly become a modem masterpiece. Julian Thomas had already made his considerable mark on

Narrativity and the Museological Myths of Nationality

Fundamental beliefs about the nature and significance of objects that underlie and shape the dramaturgy and stagecraft of modern museums, and particularly institutions engaged in promoting mythologies of national identity and history are investigated.

The British Consular Service in the Aegean and the Collection of Antiquities for the British Museum

Contents: Preface Introduction A radical change: from pride to misery, from the Levant Company to the Foreign Office The political and commercial roles of the Aegean consuls The consular district of

Excavations in Iraq

The tablet containing the list of kings of Assyria recently discovered at Khorsabad by the expedition under Dr. H. Frankfort will shortly be shipped to the United States for study and publication.