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Austen Henry Layard
b. March 5, 1817 – d. July 5, 1894 • Archaeologist • Author • Politician
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Layard, Austen H.
Layard, Austen H. (1817–1894)Pioneer excavator in MesopotamiaLayard excavated at Nimrud (biblical Calah) and later Nineveh (1845–1857), where he discovered part of Ashurbanipal’s great library. On his return to England he published Nineveh and Its Remains, one of the first archaeological best-sellers.