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The H. Weld-Blundell Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Vol. 1

Excerpt from The H. Weld-Blundell Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Vol. 1: Sumerian and Semitic Religious and Historical d104s The Series of Oxford Editions of Cuneiform Inscriptions which begins with this volume has been planned primarily for 'the purpose of publishing the tablets and inscribed monuments presented to the University of Oxford by Mr. H. Weld blundell of Queen's College. The material contained in the earlier volumes has been Obtained by Mr. Weld-blundell by purchase during his first visit to Mesopotamia in the spring to 1921 and later through the valuable assistance of Captain cook of the Ministry of Awkaf in Bagdad. The munificent patron of the university then decided to send out' an expedition to excavate in Mesopotamia and after a prolonged conference with the writer he decided to excavate Kish, the ancient capital of Babylonia, for the University of Oxford. In view of the heavy expense involved in such a project; for the ruins of Kish consist in two great mounds, tel-el-ahaimer and Umm Gharra, which revert to the oldest period of human history, we gladly accepted the generous offer of the Director of the Field Museum of Natural History (chicago), under sanction of his Board of Trustees, to form a joint expedition. The philological material which shall accrue to Oxford and the 'field Museum will be published in this Series. The Field Museum has undertaken to publish all the archaeological results. We are under no misapprehension concerning the difficult task of excavating one of the largest mounds or double mounds in Mesopotamia. It is already obvious from the experience obtained in the first year's work that the buried remains of these vast ruins cannot be obtained without long and patient exploration. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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