Paul-Emile Botta, French archaeologist

Paul-Emile Botta, French archaeologist

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Caption: Paul-Emile Botta (1802-1870). 1878 illustration of the French archaeologist and consul Paul-Emile Botta. Botta is best known for his 1843 discovery of the palace of the Assyrian king Sargon II at Dur Sharrukin, Iraq, which led to the large-scale archaeological exploration of Mesopotamia.

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