|Author||E. A. Wallis Budge|
|Publication Date||June 23, 2012|
In 1907 I published a work entitled The Egyptian Sudan, in which I gave some account of the history of that country in ancient and modern times, and a description of the excavations which I had made on the pyramidfields of Napata and the Island of Meroe, during the years 1899-1905, for the Trustees of theB ritish Museum. After the pubU cation of that work, I decided to put on record, when circumstances should permit, a narrative of my three Missions toM esopotamia in 1887, 1888 and 1890, and of my many Missions toE gypt to excavate and to acquire antiquities for the Trustees of theB ritish Museum, and the present volume is the result of this decision. At the suggestion of friends I have prefaced my narrative by some notes on the influences and circumstances which led me to study the ancient languages of Western A sia, Eg5rpt, andE thiopia, and determined the work of my life in theD epartment ofO riental A ntiquities, in theB ritish Museum. In the present volume, as in my work on theE gyptian Sudan, the narrative is based on series of letters written to my wife. With one exception, these letters all reached home, thanks to the arrangements that I made personally with the Tattariyin, or Turkish postal couriers ;and my note-books furnish the main facts in the period covered by the missing letter. In the course of my narrative, I have often given the names of people who have helped me in my work abroad. But there are many others whom I have not named, The title of theD epartment was changed by the Trustees in 1886 toD epartment of Egyptian and Assyrian A ntiquities.
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