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Archæological Expeditions to the East

Nature volume 143, pages 552553 (01 April 1939) | Download Citation



THE departure for the East of two archæological expeditions is announced, one proceeding to Iran and Afghanistan, and the other to Aden. Of these the former, conducted by Mr. Arthur Upham Pope, an authority on Sassanian art and archæology, is the first section of a new architecturalsurvey expedition of the American Institute of Iranian Art and Archaeology, of which Mr. Pope was one of the founders and the principal promoter. The members of the expedition will be engaged in studies preparatory to a complete history of Iranian architecture, a much-needed undertaking which, when complete, will contribute materially to the advancement of Iranian cultural and historical studies. On the second expedition, Mr. L.P. Kirwan, a well-known archæologist, will visit the Aden Protectorate for the purpose of inspecting and examining a number of archæological sites between Aden and Lahej. He will visit Amadiya on the Audhali Plateau, which will be surveyed, and the ruins of Qohlan in Wadi Beihan. Mr. Kirwan will also examine and report on the archæological material in theAden Museum, which is now in process of being reorganized.

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