Edgar James Banks

Edgar James Banks

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.
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23 May 1866
05 May 1945

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  • 1945
    Age 78
    He died in Eustis, Florida, in 1945 at the age of 79.
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  • 1921
    Age 54
    Banks was an active lecturer and author. It was during such a lecturing trip in 1921 that he discovered Eustis and decided to retire there.
    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.
  • 1909
    Age 42
    In 1909 Banks became a professor of Oriental languages and archaeology at the University of Toledo.
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  • 1903
    Age 36
    In 1903 it was decided that his excavations were to be at Bismya, the site of ancient Adab, in Iraq.
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  • 1898
    Age 31
    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.
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  • 1866
    Born in 1866.
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