[an error occurred while processing this directive] Oriental Institute | Pioneers to the Past | Dîwâniya, Mesopotamia, Monday Morning
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Dîwâniya, Mesopotamia, Monday Morning

March 29, 1920

We had a grand day yesterday, only clouded for me by the lack of any word from home. Bull came in from the commandant’s office the evening of our arrival bringing a packet of letters which I went through eagerly, assured there must be at least one home letter among them. Not a single one! Only business letters! There must be delay in Cairo. It was about February 13 that I received my last home letter in Cairo. It is approaching 7 weeks with no home news! One of my letters is from the New York map dealer, saying he has no more of the Philips map on hand and cannot send you a copy. I am so disgusted! I have been sending you much geographical detail regarding our line of march, supposing that you had the map. The Andrae atlas will show you the main route in any case. And the larger towns and rivers will all be found in it.

This is an interesting household. Mrs. Daly is a wee little woman, very bright and interested in her husband’s work. They have a little girl of five, twin boys of 3-1/2 and another little stranger is just at the threshold; but Mrs. Daly is as cheerful as sunshine although she is the only white woman in the town and the next two months will see the awful heat of summer well on its withering way with 120º to 130º or even 135 degrees (Fahrenheit).

For the full story of my exciting trip you should come to the special exhibit “Pioneers to the Past: American Archaeologists in the Middle East, 1919-1920,” at the Oriental Institute!

1155 East 58th Street Chicago, IL 60637


  • Tuesday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am to 8:30 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Sunday noon to 6:00 pm
  • Closed Mondays


And visit me on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=3318774#/profile.php?v=info&ref=profile&id=100000555713577

« Previous letter  Next letter »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]