Sumerian Archaeologists: Henri Frankfort

henri_frankfortHenri “Hans” Frankfort (24 February 1897 – 16 July 1954) was a Dutch Egyptologist, archaeologist, and Assyriology.  He studied history in Amsterdam before moving to London and attaining his advanced degrees.

He led major archaeological expeditions in Egypt (1925-1929) and Iraq (1929-1937). He is widely credited with being among the first to reconstruct a coherent vision of the ancient Sumerian civilization and to draw the connections between it and the ancient Egyptian civilization. He is considered the discoverer of much information about both cultures.

He served as a professor at the University of Chicago and the Warburg Institute at the University of London from 1938-1954. During this time he helped to popularize a comparative study of Mesopotamian and Egyptian cultures.

Henri_Frankfort (1)His work and commentary were quoted extensively in Joseph Campbell’s work Oriental Mythology from the Masks of God series.

Frankfort also wrote prolifically about subjects related to his field work. These included the books:

While some of this ideas have been updated by other scholars, advocates for an African basis for Egyptian culture have lauded him as one of the early advocates of this premise. He noted parallels between Mesopotamian and Egyptian culture, while showing that many concepts around Egyptian kingship were more closely aligned with those of sub-Sarharan Africa.

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anunnaki_cover_full_colorRay Davis is an author, thinker, and advocate for human potential. He is the author of the Anunnaki Awakening series. Signed copies of Book 1, Revelation, are now available within the U.S. from his website, AATrilogy.com or outside the US from Amazon or by order from your local bookstore.

About Ray Davis

Ray Davis is an author and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. His latest books are the Anunnaki Awakening trilogy - speculative fiction series focusing the issues of humanity's past and future. The series is heavily influenced by the science fiction genre. Book 1 - Revelation - is now available - http://www.AATrilogy.com. Ray has written prolifically on the topics of personal development and human potential. In 2007, Ray founded The Affirmation Spot - a website offering downloadable mp3 motivational tools and affirmations. http://www.theaffirmationspot.com. Ray began studying affirmations and positive thinking after a life-threatening illness at 25. His thirst for self-improvement led him to read the writings of Joseph Campbell, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, and many other luminaries in the fields of mythology and motivation. Over time, he has melded these ideas into his own philosophy on self-development. He has written and used affirmations and other tools throughout that time to improve his own life and has a passion for helping other reach for their goals and dreams. In 2010 he authored an eBook titled The Power to Be You: 417 Original Daily Thoughts for Personal Empowerment. Ray holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from University of Kansas. He lives in Louisburg, KS with his wife, April, two grown stepkids, and his black lab, Mia.
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