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Sir Max Edgar Lucien Mallowan was a prominent archaeologist, specialising in ancient Middle Eastern history, and was also the second husband of Agatha Christie. Sir Max (Edger Lucien) Mallowan was born in 1904 and passed away in 1978. He was born in the city of London, England and studied classics at Oxford. He first worked as an apprentice to Leonard Woolley at the archaeological site of Ur (1925-31), which was thought to be the capital of Mesopotamian Civilization. In 1930, Sir Max Mallowan met novelist Agatha Christie, at the Ur site, and married her.
From 1932-1938 Mr. Mallowan, while working for the British museum, excavated on several relatively known archaeological sites which included: Arpachiyah, Chagar Bazar, and Tell Brak. Sir Max Mallowan, as stated above, excavated for the British Museum (1932-1938) after which he excavated in the Near East, mostly at the Nimrod site. From there he went to London University were he was a Professor of West Asiatic Archaeology (1942-1960). He also served as the director of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq from 1947-1961.
Sir Max Mallowan wrote a few books in his time which include his autobiography, Mallowan’s Memoirs, written in 1977 and Twenty-five Years of Mesopotamian Discovery, written in 1956. His wife Agatha Christie also wrote the book Come, Tell Me How You Live in 1946 on the account of his digging in Syria. Mr. Mallowan was knighted in London, England in 1968.
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