Rev. E. Burrows, S.J


    WE regret to record the death of the Rev. Father Eric Burrows, Assyriologist and cuneiform scholar, who was killed in a motor accident near Oxford on June 23. Educated at Felstead and Keble College, Oxford, Eric Burrows joined the Order of Jesuits in 1915. He studied Assyriology under the late Prof. S. P. Langdon, specializing in cuneiform epigraphy, and had already established a reputation as an authority upon the early religious and legendary literature of Mesopotamia, when in 1936 he became attached to the staff of Sir Leonard Woolley as epigraphist in the excavations at Ur. He worked with the Ur expedition in the field in each successive season until 1930. Much of his work is still unpublished ; but his contributions to the official volumes on “The Royal Tombs” dealing with the documents of the early dynastic period of Ur, and his “Archaic Tests” are accepted as the standards of reference on archaic palaeography and the beginnings of cuneiform.

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    Rev. E. Burrows, S.J. Nature 142, 282 (1938).

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