Dominique Collon

Dominique Petronella Margaret Collon, (born 18 May 1940) is a Belgian-born academic, author, archaeologist and former curator at the British Museum in London who has worked and travelled extensively in the Near East in Syria, Turkey and Iraq. She is an authority on cylinder seals.

Collon was born in Belgium in 1940, the daughter of Petronella and Alexandre Collon. In 1962 she was a student at the Institute of Archaeology in Oxford where she was studying for the Postgraduate Diploma in Western Asiatic Archaeology. As an archaeologist Collon excavated in Turkey under her uncle who was the Director of the British Institute at Ankara; in Kültepe with Tahsin Özgüç in 1964; and with Seton Lloyd and Charles A. Burney at in 1965. She took her PhD at Columbia University in 1971 with her thesis on ''The Seal Impressions of Tell Atchana/Alalakh'' and which was published in 1975.

From 1973 to 1976, Collon was in Tunis where she excavated the mosaics of Utica and other sites and prepared the reports for publication. On her return to the United Kingdom she specialised in the study of the iconography displayed on ancient Mesopotamian and Anatolian cylinder seals. Dr Collon was with the Department of Western Asiatic Antiquities (later Ancient Near East and later still Middle East) at the British Museum from 1964 to 1968, and again from 1977 to 1988; she gained a full-time position at the Museum as curator of Western Asiatic Antiquities from 1988 until her retirement in 2005; her retirement was marked by a symposium held at Magdalen College, Oxford in June 2005. From 1979 to 2010 she was the co-editor of ''Iraq'', the journal of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, while from 1985 to 1989 she edited the Ancient Near East section of the ''Grove Dictionary of Art''. Collon is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a corresponding member of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut. Provided by Wikipedia
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