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Dictionary of the Ancient Near East edited by P Bienkowski and A Millard (London, 2000)
Ancient Near Eastern Art by D Collon (London, 1995)
Mesopotamia by JE Reade (London, 1991/2000)
Assyrian Sculpture by JE Reade (London 1983/1998)
Art and Empire: Treasures from Assyria in the British Museum edited by JE Curtis and JE Reade (London, 1995/2000)
Mesopotamia and Iran in the Parthian and Sasanian Periods by JE Curtis (London, 2000)
Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia by J Black and A Green (London, 1992/1998)
Mesopotamian Myths (The Legendary Past) by H McCall (London, 1990/1998)
Cuneiform (Reading the Past) by CBF Walker (London, 1987/2000)
Near Eastern Seals (Interpreting the Past) by D Collon (London, 1990)
Places to visit
The British Museum. Great Russell Street, London. Tel: 0207 323 8299. The British Museum is free to everybody and opens at 10am every day. The Department of the Ancient Near East covers the ancient civilisations of the Near East from the Neolithic period until the arrival of Islam in the seventh century AD. There is a wide range of archaeological material and ancient art from Mesopotamia (Iraq); Iran; the Levant (Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel); Anatolia (Turkey); Arabia; Central Asia and the Caucasus. Highlights of the collection include Assyrian reliefs, treasure from the Royal Cemetery of Ur, the Oxus Treasure, Phoenician ivories and the library of cuneiform tablets from Nineveh.
About the author
Dr Dominique Collon is an Assistant Keeper in the Department of the Ancient Near East in the British Museum. She has travelled extensively in the Near East and has taken part in excavations in Iraq, Turkey and Syria. In addition to scholarly catalogues on cylinder seals, her publications include Ancient Near Eastern Art and Near Eastern Seals.