Austen Henry Layard was an Englishman with a taste for adventure and a great love of the Near East.

Austen Henry Layard
Austen Henry Layard

He trained as a solicitor, but he is famous as an archaeologist who uncovered some of the most important Assyrian sites.


Layard is lowered on a rope to look at an Assyrian rock relief of Sennacherib.

Layard worked for 6 years at the sites of Nimrud and Nineveh where he found the palaces of the Assyrian kings Ashurnasirpal II and Sennacherib.

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