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Archæological Investigations in Western Asia

Nature volume 139, pages 360361 (27 February 1937) | Download Citation



SIR LEONARD WOOLLEY, accompanied by members of his archaeological expedition, left England on February 23 for Syria, where excavations will be resumed on sites in the Antioch region early in March. The personnel of the expedition includes Lady Woolley, Mr. E. A. Lane of the Victoria and Albert Museum, who was with Sir Leonard at Ur, and Mr. Murray Threipland, who was a member of the expedition last year. Work will be resumed on both the coast and the inland sites. Results from the latter will be awaited with special interest, in view of the significance of the evidence obtained last year from a preliminary examination of the site of Tell Atchana on the River Orontes, which, as Sir Arthur Evans has pointed out, when viewed in conjunction with the evidence from the other Syrian site of Ras Shamra and that from Palestine, for the first time carries the relation between this region of western Asia and Minoan Crete back so far as 1700 B.C. Further indications are not wanting that the diversion by circumstance of the preoccupations of archaeologists from the Mesopotamian area to peripheral regions, which to many at first sight seemed deplorable, will have speedy and far-reaching beneficial effects. Especially worthy of note in this connexion are the recent discoveries of the Neilson Expedition of the University of Liverpool on Cilician sites at Serkeli (The Times, Feb. 13) and of Miss Winifred Lamb, whose report on recent developments in the prehistory of Anatolia was presented before the Society of Antiquaries on February 19.

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