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HORSFIELD, George & Agnes, & Nelson Glueck.

Prehistoric Rock-drawings in Transjordan.

[in American Journal of Archaeology. Volume XXXVII, Number 3. July-September.]

Published: The Archaeological Institute of America, 1933

Stock code: 92391

Price: £150

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First edition. Inevitably the journal is well-represented by full runs in institutional collections, but it is always difficult to track down odd numbers. “In the 1920’s and 30’s, George Horsfield (Horsfield et al. 1933) and his wife Agnes Conway Horsfield (1943) worked in what is today Jordan, excavating at Petra, the citadel in Amman, Jerash, and Wadi Rum. They focused mostly on Nabataean sites, but in 1932, while visiting the Christian monastery of Kilwa (1000 CE), they encountered petroglyphs. Kilwa was then in the Transjordan, but now lies within the borders of Saudi Arabia. They were accompanied by Nelson Glueck (1939), who described their discovery on a hillside just northeast of Kilwa. The surfaces of the hill were thoroughly packed with rock art, which they recorded photographically. Their collection of photos currently resides in the University of London Institute of Archaeology. One of the images in the Kilwa rock art that particularly caught their attention, the one they coined the “best ibex,” was a “wounded ibex with blood streaming from his mouth”. They were the first Westerners to report seeing the petroglyphs, although Gertrude Bell had been to Kilwa in 1914. It was left to Hans Rhotert (1938) and Leo Frobenius to follow up with a professional study in 1934-35″ (Arabian Rock Art Heritage web-site, retrieved 12/06/2014).

Octavo. Original buff printed wraps. Six-page article with full-page map and 4 illustrations to the text along with 7 plates, two of them with overlays on calque paper. Just a little rubbed, overall very good.

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