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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1928

TIHE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE NINE

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PROFESSOR LEROY WATERMAN RETURNS AFTER LEA'VI
SPENT IN UNEARTHING ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA

Absent on leave in Mesopotamia pedition was financed by the To-
for the past year, Professor Leroy ledo Museum of Art and 1100 arti-
Waterman of the Department of Iles he discovered and brought back
Semetics has been excavating in with him will be divided between
the ruins of Seleucia, one of the the University and the Toledo Mus-

greatest cities of the Old World,!
and one that has stood on the same
site for at least 3700 years. Sele-1
ucia was the successor of an earlier.
city known as Opis, which Greek 1
students will recognize as lying in
the route taken by Xenophon and:
his ten thousand Greeks.
Tel Omar, as the present site ofI
Seleucia is called, is about fifteen
miles south of Bagdad, in which
city Professor Waterman has been
on leave of absence as annual pro-
fessor of the American School of
Oriental Research. After some pre-I
paration, working with the Univer-
sity of Chicago expedition at Me-t
diggo and the Philadelphia expedi-,
tion at Beisan, Dr. Waterman feltt
ready to undertake the excavations
at Tel Omar. The cost of the ex-

eum.
Before the excavators started in,
the site appeared as a complex of
hills rising as high as fifty feet in
the air, composed largely of the
debris of sun-dried bricks, used by
countless generations of Sumarians
and Babylonians in their buildings.
A most obvious proof of ancient oc-
cupation were the numerous coins
picked up by the Arabs here and
there in the dust and debris. A
majority of the coins were of
bronze, although some of gold and
silver were found. They were, how-
ever, so badly corroded that they
will have to be treated before they
can be identified. They range all
the way from Seleucus, the founder
of the city, through the period of
Nero down to Turkish times.
Other objects which were exca-

vated by the workmen include wa-
ter jars, beads of amber, glass, cor-
al, semi-precious stones-some of
which were still in strings; and a
quantity of gold foil in a brick-
lined tomb, used apparently for a
body covering, although all traces
of a skeleton had practically disap-
peared. Several skulls were also
brought back by the expedition
which will enable anthropologists
to arrive at some conclusions re-
garding the type of people living in
ancient times.
To carry on his work, Professor
Waterman commanded a force of
from 25 to 75 men, all native Arabs.
Ordinarily, one man was employed
to do the digging and two or three
boys carried off the material exca-
vated. Professor Waterman has
thus not only returned with a very
interesting and valuable collection
of ancient objects but he has set-
tled the question, "Where was
Opis?"

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GUGGENHEIM FUND
RECIPIENT NAMED =
Milton J. Thompson, '25E, M. S. I22
Aero, '26, assistant to Professor Fe-
lix Pawlowski of the Department of
Aeronautics during the past year, is
the recipient of one of the first
awards of the two Fellowships of-
fered by the Daniel Guggenheim
fund for the promotion of Aero- I2=
nautics.
The Fellowship carries with it the
sum of $2,500 which will enable
Thompson to spend a year in War-
saw where he will study under Pro-
fessors Witoszynski and Brosko, of
the Warsaw Polytechnic School. In
addition to his studies in Warsaw,
Thompson will have time for travelat b
and investigation abroad. 2
The Guggenheim fellowships are
designed to assist the training of =2
teachers and investigators in the THE U N I V E R 5
field of aeronautical science.
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October 10 ROSA Pt
Miss Ponselle is recogizedl by comp
P L IE S ties as the outstanding operatic dramati
the day. She has been heard in Ann A
previous occasions, first about ten yea
October 22 AMELIT
Critics and laymen alike throughout
world look upon Galli-Curci as the pre
ponent of Coloratura sijging. She will
-=-- Ann Arbor for the third time. After he
appearances with the Chicago Opera, a
November 12 VLAD
Soloist
K-'ladimir Horowitz, the distinguished 1
1 K ist, whose genius has risen like a miglh
the heavens, will make his Ann Arbor
_== occasion, as soloist with the Detroit S
chestra, under the baton of Victor
Horowitz has won the most favorable c
==November 23 THE
This world renowned organization v
farewell tour after twenty-five years c
success. During all these years, with o
its personnel has remained intact. U
original viola player has been succeeded
December 13 FRITZ
-- Kreisler is recognized throughout t
music as "the greatest of them all." N
our time can equal him in his hold upon t
none has won and maintained that ho
qualities. He has played in every mus
January 18 ROLANI
Born in the Southland in extreme pov
of a former slave Mother, he underwe
22 childhood and early youth all of the v
life to which poverty is heir. Industry,
and hard work brought him forward
January 24 THE PR
ilored
A special committee of Czechoslavaki
has been successful in bringing this re
semble group to this country for a limit<
concerts, one of which will take place i
-" This Chorus is made up of sixty schooli
their native city and their American t
° quaint music lovers in this country with
~IIFebruary 13 SERGEI
As an interpretative and imaginative
playing is a mirror of chosen music.
tions first made him famous in Ameri

tically all piano programs included some
It is not surprising that when he first b
to this country for brief tours, his se
have been in great demand. A number
February 20 YELLY
This distinguished Hungarian has had
triumphs such as should satisfy the me
artists. New York, Boston, and other gr
critics have been unanimous in their w
mendation. By some she has been c
"conquests whereverlshe goes," others st
is an artist to her finger tips." Such
March11 DETROIT
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Alfred Hertz, who will wield the ba
Gabrilowitsch's distinguished band of pl
second appearance in this season's seric
standing conductor. Formerly Wagner
at the Metropolitan Opera House, he i
head of the San Francisco orchestra

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