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How Idrimi came to London: Diplomacy and the division of archaeological finds in the 1930s

Maloigne, H; (2017) How Idrimi came to London: Diplomacy and the division of archaeological finds in the 1930s. Museum History Journal , 10 (2) pp. 200-216. 10.1080/19369816.2017.1328874. Green open access

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Abstract

From 1936–39 and 1946–49 Sir Charles Leonard Woolley excavated the site of Tell Atchana/ancient Alalakh in southern Turkey on behalf of the British Museum. The statue of King Idrimi, found in 1939, became one of the British Museum’s many prized objects and is on display to this day. At the close of the excavation season in June 1939 the statue became the subject of a dispute between Woolley and the government of the Hatay State, solved only after the intervention of the British Consul of Aleppo, the British Ambassador at Ankara and the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This paper traces the statue’s journey from its discovery to the British Museum and back to the New Hatay Archaeological Museum in the form of a hologram.

Type: Article
Title: How Idrimi came to London: Diplomacy and the division of archaeological finds in the 1930s
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/19369816.2017.1328874
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/19369816.2017.1328874
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Idrimi, Leonard Woolley, archaeology, diplomacy, absent objects
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10061190
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