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Kiraz Classic Archaeological Reprints

Kiraz Classic Archaeological Reprints is a series dedicated to making historic contributions to the field of archaeology, particularly in Ancient Western Asia, available to scholars. The titles in this series are generally selected from the early days of excavation in the Levant and Mesopotamia, although significant contributions of a more recent vintage may also be included.

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L'Expansion nestorienne en Asie

ISBN: 978-1-61143-832-1
This early history of the Church of the East was part of a volume issued to commemorate the exhibition of thirty Syriac inscriptions from Central Asia at the Musee Guimet.

Syrisch-Nestorianische Grabinschriften aus Semirjetschie

ISBN: 978-1-61143-249-7
This pamphlet contains 206 Syriac inscriptions, sorted by date, attesting to the Nestorian presence in Central Asia

Ancient Egypt

ISBN: 978-1-59333-651-6
Rawlinson’s study of ancient Egypt surveys the land and people of Egypt before taking the development of the nation through historic chapters. Told in a level of detail to rival Breasted’s classic work on Egypt, this earlier study makes fascinating reading.

El Arabah

A Cemetery of the Middle Kingdom; Survey of the Old Kingdom Tenemos; Graffiti from the Temple of Sety
ISBN: 978-1-61719-491-7
Report of the 1900 excavations of Abydos, which discovered some of the oldest Egyptian artwork

Hyksos and Israelite Cites

ISBN: 978-1-61719-487-0
Description of the excavations of several places in north-eastern Egypt in 1906

Das babylonische Nimrodepos

Edited by Paul Haupt
ISBN: 978-1-61719-335-4
This volume features the tablets of the Akkadian text of Gilgamesh, reproduced as a cuneiform text with German captions.

The Early History of Syria and Palestine

ISBN: 978-1-60724-244-4
Although written before the modern discoveries that define Ancient Near Eastern studies today, Paton’s historic foray into the history of Syria and Palestine served to start a continuing discussion that remains active today. Covering the Babylonian, Aramaean, Egyptian, Hittite, and Assyrian empires, Paton demonstrates what was known of the history of the region with the limited resources of nineteenth-century explorations.

The Discoveries in Crete

And their Bearing on the History of Ancient Civilization
ISBN: 978-1-59333-955-5
Indeed a classic of accessible archaeological writing, Burrows’ study of ancient Crete was one of the main contributors to the commencement of modern understanding of the Minoans. The earliest traces of the Minoan civilization are sketched out before he turns to the historical periods when Minos flourished. The sack of Knossos and the end of the Bronze Age are narrated against the archaeological background. Aware of the cultural continuity of classical stories from the island, he introduces the topic of the minotaur and the famed labyrinth of Knossos. For anyone interested in the roots of western civilization, or of the founding of classical civilizations, this book remains an essential reading.

Tell Halaf

A New Culture in Oldest Mesopotamia
ISBN: 978-1-59333-633-2
The site of Tell Halaf was located by Baron von Oppenheim while on a mission to survey the land for the Baghdad Railway. The Baron returned some years later to excavate the mound, and this monograph is his considered statement of the site’s importance. Setting the stage with a narrative of the discovery of the tell, von Oppenheim proceeds to describe the structures, monumental statuary and smaller objects recovered from the dig. Lavishly illustrated with over 85 illustrations and maps, this volume contains a storehouse of knowledge on ancient Syria, at that time part of the cultural continuum of Mesopotamia.

The Land of the Hittites

An Account of Recent Explorations and Discoveries in Asia Minor, with Descriptions of the Hittite Monuments
ISBN: 978-1-59333-617-2
This important summary of Garstang’s travels and studies in Anatolia (present-day Turkey) is fully illustrated with nearly 100 photographs as well as maps and plans. This account details the marvels revealed by archaeology in ancient western Asia. The study begins with documentation of the geography of the region, giving the reader a sense of the world as seen by the Hittites of antiquity. Garstang outlines the history of the Hittite period before detailing the monumental architecture of this people. Garstang’s treatment concludes with a substantial history of the Hittites, people referred to in the Bible and in the historical records of other ancient Near Eastern civilizations.

The Archaeology of Palestine and the Bible

ISBN: 978-1-59333-665-3
One of the perennial touchstones in the field of archaeology in the ancient Near East, Albright’s work has been endlessly utilized. With a freshness apposite to its position among the pioneering works of a new discipline, this contribution laid the groundwork for countless future studies. Albright deftly describes how ancient Palestine was discovered, his famous excavation of Tell Beit Mirsim, and the relevance of archaeology for understanding the Bible. In setting the stage for what follows in the archaeological drama in Israel and throughout the Middle East, this work justly deserves a place in the Gorgias Classic Archaeological Reprints.

History of the City of Gaza

From the Earliest Times to the Present Day
ISBN: 978-1-59333-666-0
Particularly valuable to students of archaeology in the ancient Near East are the old accounts of cities uncovered by archaeologists and historians of the nineteenth century. Meyer offers as comprehensive a history of Gaza as the material of his time would allow. This ambitious account covers what was known of Gaza in Palestine from the earliest records up through the nineteenth century. Meyer divides his treatment into two parts: the first looks at the population and historical periods of the city; the second is concerned with concepts and physical remains: cults; deities; the Gaza calendar; inscriptions; coins; and other artifacts.
Picture of The Ancient Synagogue of Beth Alpha

The Ancient Synagogue of Beth Alpha

ISBN: 978-1-59333-696-7
The Beth Alpha synagogue mosaic is one of the most striking examples of ancient Jewish art ever uncovered. Excavated in 1929 by E. L. Sukenik on behalf of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, this mosaic provoked an immediate sensation among scholars and lay people throughout Jewish Palestine, Europe and America. Located in Israel’s Jezreel Valley, this remarkable mosaic preserves images of the Binding of Isaac (Genesis 22), of a zodiac wheel flanked by personifications of the seasons that was labeled in Hebrew, and of a Torah shrine flanked by menorahs and lions.