Edgar James Banks

Edgar James Banks

Born May 23, 1866

Edgar James Banks. American diplomat, antiquarian and novelist. Banks was an antiquities enthusiast and entrepreneurial roving archaeologist in the closing days of the Ottoman Empire, who has been held up as an original for the fictional composite figure of Indiana Jones.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Edgar James Banks.


1866 Birth Born in 1866.


1898 32 Years Old Starting from his position as American consul in Baghdad in 1898, Banks bought hundreds of cuneiform tablets on the market in the closing days of the Ottoman Empire and re-sold them in small batches to museums, libraries, universities, and theological seminaries, several in Utah and the American Southwest and across the United States. … Read More
1903 37 Years Old In 1903 it was decided that his excavations were to be at Bismya, the site of ancient Adab, in Iraq. … Read More


1909 43 Years Old In 1909 Banks became a professor of Oriental languages and archaeology at the University of Toledo. … Read More


1921 55 Years Old 1 More Event
Edgar Banks also started two movie companies, and climbed Mount Ararat in a search for Noah's Ark. Cecil B. DeMille apparently invited Banks to become a consultant on bible epics in 1921.


1945 79 Years Old He died in Eustis, Florida, in 1945 at the age of 79. … Read More
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