Contenau, Georges

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Contenau, Georges


Born Apr. 9, 1877, in Laon; died Mar. 22, 1964, in Paris. French archaeologist; specialist in the archaeology of Southwest Asia and the history of the region’s ancient art.

Contenau was a professor at the University of Brussels from 1932 to 1947; he was also chief curator of eastern antiquities at the Louvre from 1937 to 1946. He headed a number of archaeological expeditions in Iran and Lebanon. Between 1946 and 1957, Contenau served as director general of the French archaeological mission in Iran.


La Civilisation assyro-babylonienne. Paris, 1922.
La Civilisation phénicienne. Paris, 1926.
Manuel d’archeologie orientale, vols. 1–4. Paris, 1927–47.
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