ARCHAEOLOGY, PSEUDO-ARCHAEOLOGY, MESOPOTAMIA, AND BRITISH-ISRAELISM Archive of Lt.-Col. W.B. Lane, relating to his studies in Mesopotamia, archaeology of the region, the Bible and "Ur" texts, comparative religions, Anglo-Saxon "Lost Tribe" theories, Pyramidology, and "Manna from Heaven", and other materials, loose or housed in a variety of small boxes, tins and envelopes (quantity)

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ARCHAEOLOGY, PSEUDO-ARCHAEOLOGY, MESOPOTAMIA, AND BRITISH-ISRAELISM
Archive of Lt.-Col. W.B. Lane, relating to his studies in Mesopotamia, archaeology of the region, the Bible and "Ur" texts, comparative religions, Anglo-Saxon "Lost Tribe" theories, Pyramidology, and "Manna from Heaven", and other materials, loose or housed in a variety of small boxes, tins and envelopes (quantity)

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ARCHAEOLOGY, PSEUDO-ARCHAEOLOGY, MESOPOTAMIA, AND BRITISH-ISRAELISM
Archive of Lt.-Col. W.B. Lane, relating to his studies in Mesopotamia, archaeology of the region, the Bible and "Ur" texts, comparative religions, Anglo-Saxon "Lost Tribe" theories, Pyramidology, and "Manna from Heaven", including manuscript notes, correspondence, printed pamphlets (upwards of 120), ephemera (printed and manuscript), glass lecture slides, actual mineral and flower samples, ancient and replica artifacts used for lectures, and other materials, loose or housed in a variety of small boxes, tins and envelopes (quantity)

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  • An archive of material relating to Mesopotamia, belonging to Lt.-Colonel W.B. Lane (1874-1946), an employee of the Indian Medical Service, governor of the Civic Jail at Baghdad, traveller to Nimrud (1917/18), member of the archaeological excavation carried out at Kish, near Baghdad over four years from 1923 onwards, author of "Babylonian Problems" (J. Murray, 1923), amateur scholar on matters concerning comparative religions and British-Israel "Lost Tribe" theories, and (in later life - beyond the remit of this archive) an advocate for the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. The majority of the material appears to be working papers, research material, demonstration pieces, etc. used for a series of lectures ("Mesopotamia and Early Bible History") given by Lane, programmes of which are included for "The Selborne Society" and at "St. Mary Woolnoth, Lombard Street".

    Contents include: upwards of 120 pamphlets, many of these relating to the British-Israel movement and pyramidology (ostensibly proving that the Anglo-Saxons are descended from the "Lost Tribe of Israel", as Col. R.G. Pearse of Streatham Hill states in his self-published work "the Scottish nation primarily was that blood of Judah"). Others relate to archaeological excavations and subjects relating to Babylon and Mesopotamia, some inscribed (or with associated correspondence) by the authors, or many with extensive manuscript annotations, glosses, or articles pasted-in by Lane. Examples include "Jacob's Pillow No Fancy" by M.C. Schuyten, and a good run of letters from Theophilus G. Pinches, professor of Assyrian Studies at the British Museum.

    Lane's own articles include "Keeping Fit in Hot Climates" (typescript), and "The Temperaments of Hippocrates" (read before "The Ethnic Group"), a bundle of approximately 15 extra-illustrated and annotated manuscript lectures relating to Assyria ("The Writing on the Wall and the Banqueting Hall of Belshazzar", "The ten plagues", etc.); folder of material relating to Indian religions, Ajanta and Sanchi, etc.; a small group of items relating to the Y.M.C.A. Baghdad, Iraq; letters from the Royal Botanic Gardens director thanking Lane for sending examples of "Crude Manna collected in Kurdistan" (and samples of Emmer Wheat grown at Kew).

    Miscellaneous lecturing materials include: a replica cast of one of the "cylinders found at Ur of the Chaldees" (with presentation note from T.G. Pinches, dated 1929), housed in a velvet lined box; a replica of a Babylonian "tithe" tablet; a late nineteenth century replica of a human-headed scarab; envelope of leaves "of the Populus Euphratica picked on the banks of the Euphrates at Babylon in 1920"; glass sample bottles containing "specimens of powders found between layers of bricks at Birs Nimrud by... W.B. Lane, 1918"; straw found at the Aqar Quaf Ziggurat near Baghdad ("... the straw is over 2000 years old and may be 3000"); "Three feathers from Chesiphon ruins. Wednesday Aug. 22nd 1917. W.B.S."; large piece of crystalline Gypsum "from Table Mountain (Persian foot hills) July 1917"; specimens of Manna ("raw manna sold in the bazaar", "Manna Flake Elect" issued by the British Drug Houses Ltd; "Trehala Manna ... from Persia") in a variety of boxes (one printed "Antibody Products Ltd, Bushey Grove Road, Watford") and bottles; "Bitumen powder from Birs Nimrud"; a shell found at a depth of nineteen feet in the Melcha Canal; small chippings of glass and brick bundled in cloth sachets; 2 large chunks of (?early twentieth century) brick carved with Assyrian text; a glazed tile; several incomplete terracotta figures.

    Provenance: Lt. Colonel W.H. Lane; bequeathed to Robert G. Simpson (1906-1996), a member of the British-Israel Association, who continued to lecture with the materials until the 1960s; by descent to the present owner.
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ARCHAEOLOGY, PSEUDO-ARCHAEOLOGY, MESOPOTAMIA, AND BRITISH-ISRAELISM Archive of Lt.-Col. W.B. Lane, relating to his studies in Mesopotamia, archaeology of the region, the Bible and "Ur" texts, comparative religions, Anglo-Saxon "Lost Tribe" theories, Pyramidology, and "Manna from Heaven", and other materials, loose or housed in a variety of small boxes, tins and envelopes (quantity)
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