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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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Gertrude Bell in the Archive of the Iraq Museum

Gertrude Bell in the Archive of the Iraq Museum

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Gertrude Bell and Iraq

Lamia Al-Gailani Werr

, Paul Collins, Charles Tripp
British Academy

It is unfortunate that most of what is written and researched on Gertrude Bell tends to give a scant or short account of her work on the Antiquities Department. Most of the documents on her work in the last four years of her life are in the Iraq Museum (1922–1926), and were, until recently, not accessible to the public. This chapter explores the surviving documents to give a picture of the main issues that occupied Bell during this period – from her constant search for a place to store the deluge of artefacts coming from excavations such as Ur and Kish to the legislation of the Antiquities Law. Bell’s legacy for the antiquities of Iraq is as important as the creation of Iraq.

Keywords:   Gertrude Bell, Iraq Museum, Antiquities Law, Mesopotamian archaeology, Ur, Kish, administration

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