it is so hard to find out on-line or in books when the British Museum acquired those bas-reliefs of the Assyrian lion-hunt…have been reading Layard for hours today and he never mentions them…Instead he spends pages talking about Bedouins he has met etc.  It is all so vague – his account does not really work as a travelogue, nor as an account of his digs, nor as ethnography.  It is just a bulky heap of vagueness.

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