Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Archaeology and War: the Australian dimension

I have commented earlier on the Shellal Mosaic. I have now received the booklet prepared for the Australian War Memorial by A. D. Trendall.

It includes other material collected by the senior Army chaplain, the Reverend William Maitland Woods. The items include three other mosaics from Syria (two reportedly from Homs). In addition there is a marble gravestone of Theosebes from Homs that was discovered in 1919.

The collection includes a funerary portrait from Palmyra that was part of the exchange for two Australian airmen, Lieutenant N. Hazelwood and Air Mechanic Edward Thomas Parr, who were detained in October 1918.

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