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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1736] (253/1262)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (1165 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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Hamadan ; Isfahan, Sliiraz, etc. Towards the end of the year they
returned to Dizful, and a Farman for excavations at Shush having
meanwhile been obtained from the Shah^ Mr. Loftus and Lieutenant
Glascott^ R.N._, preceded the others to take possession of the site.
About a month was spent in experimental excavations; not without use
ful results; and the party then returned to Muhammareh to resume the
work of the Commission for the season.
In the course of 1851 a sum of ,£500 was granted by the British
Parliament for work at Shush, which it was arranged should be carried
out by Mr. Loftus under the supervision of Major Kawlinson, Political
Agent at Baghdad. Mr. Loftus arrived at Shush early in 185^ after
a somewhat adventurous journey thither from the camp of the Commis
sion at Mandali; and, having been joined by Lieutenant Jackson, 1. N.^
another attach^ of the Commission, he carried on excavation work for
about three months, in the course of which the British personnel of the
Commission under Colonel W illiams paid a flying visit to his camp.
His operations were greatly hampered by the lawlessness of the surround
ing tribes and the fanaticism of the religious classes at Dizful, on whose
superstitious minds an epidemic of cholera that followed the excavations
of 1850 had produced a sinister effect j but his work, though not prolific
of material objects of interest^ fully established the identity of Shush
with the Susa of classical literature and the Shushan of the Bible.
Frenoli^ The next excavators of Shush were M. Dieulafoy, the French
at Shash, 113 Government engineer, who in 1882 had examined the Ahwaz dam ; and
1885-86. his wife.
Formal sanction for their operations, which were directed and sub
sidised by the French Government, was obtained from the Shah in 1884
and their first season^s work extended from the end of February to the
middle of May 1885. At the end of the year they returned to 'Arabis-
tan, the French gunboat Scorpion " being specially placed at their
disposal for the journey, and prosecuted excavations at Shush with
energy and success from the middle of December 1885 till the end of
March 1886.
Like Mr. Loftus they had serious difficulties to contend with, arising
from the unsettled state of the country and from religious fanaticisfflj
even from official obstruction, Returning to civilisation at the end of
their first season by way of 'Amarah and the Tigris, the objects obtain
ed by them at Shush were impounded by the Turkish authorities,
apparently on the absurd pretext that Shush was in Turkish territory; but

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This volume is Volume I, Part II (Historical) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part II contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914, 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (pags v-viii), and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (ix-cxxx). These are also found in Volume I, Part IA of the Gazetteer (IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1).

Part II consists of three chapters:

  • 'Chapter X. History of ’Arabistān' (pages 1625-1775);
  • 'Chapter XI. History of the Persian Coast and Islands' (pages 1776-2149);
  • 'Chapter XII. History of Persian Makrān' (pages 2150-2203).

The chapters are followed by nineteen appendices:

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1 volume (1165 pages)

Volume I, Part II is arranged into chapters that are sub-divided into numbered periods covering, for example, the reign of a ruler or regime of a Viceroy, or are arbitrarily based on outstanding land-marks in the history of the region. Each period has been sub-divided into subject headings, each of which has been lettered. The appendices are sub-divided into lettered subject headings and also contain numbered annexures, as well as charts. Both the chapters and appendices have further subject headings that appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally througout the volume at the bottom of the page which provide further details and references. A 'Detailed Table of Contents' for Part II and the Appendices is on pages cii-cxxx.

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The foliation sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the first folio with text, on number 879, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 1503.

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