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Gertrude Bell and IraqA life and legacy$
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Paul Collins and Charles Tripp

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266076

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266076.001.0001

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A Critical Examination of Gertrude Bell’s Contribution to Archaeological Research in Central Asia Minor

A Critical Examination of Gertrude Bell’s Contribution to Archaeological Research in Central Asia Minor

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(p.47) 3 A Critical Examination of Gertrude Bell’s Contribution to Archaeological Research in Central Asia Minor
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Gertrude Bell and Iraq
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Mark P. C. Jackson

, Paul Collins, Charles Tripp
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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266076.003.0003

This chapter considers the contribution made by Gertrude Bell to developing archaeological method in the early 20th century and its legacy. The Thousand and One Churches, written with Sir William Ramsay and published in 1909, remains the key study of Byzantine churches in central Anatolia. While it set high standards in the recording of buildings, it also served to reinforce the culture-historical approaches of the early 20th century. Left behind by most archaeologists in the second half of the 20th century, such approaches have continued in some circles. The chapter considers the extent to which Bell was following and contributing to established archaeological practice. It considers also the problems of her methodological approach in order to inform a critique of the legacy of her research and to provide insights into her critical thinking and strategies for networking.

Keywords:   Binbirkilise, Byzantine, churches, culture history, William Ramsay, Strzygowski, Orientalism

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