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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


The library's collection of maps is stored in a room off the main library. The collection contains sheet maps of the countries of the Middle East, including Turkey, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt and the Sudan, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. There are also maps of Mongolia and China and a small number of India and Japan. The maps are mainly topographical but there are some archaeological maps in the collection.

There is a handlist giving brief details of each sheet and location number.

The maps have been donated to the library by Faculty members who have been involved in survey or archaeological work. A small number of maps have also been purchased to fill in gaps but the collection has not been developed in any organised way. Maps are mainly post-1930's although there are some sheets dating from the late nineteenth century or early twentieth centuries. There are a number of early maps of Egypt and Iraq in the collection. Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula, Aden and South Arabia is especially well-represented.