James Theodore Bent (Biographical details)

James Theodore Bent (archaeologist; British; Male; 1852 - 1897)

Also known as

Bent, James Theodore


Explorer and archaeologist. Bent was a trained classicist and his portrait exhibited in the British Museum as part of an exhibition on the archaic art of the Cyclades. He and his wife engaged in archaeological research on the coast of Asia Minor (1888-89), Bahrain (1889), Cilicia Trachia (1890), Mashonaland (now in Zimbabwe; 1891), Ethiopia (1893), and the Arabian peninsula (1893-97), where he mapped the Hadramawt region. Bent and his wife were suspected by the French authorities in Tehran to be acting as agents of the British Museum when they visited Iran in 1889. Author of: "The Bahrain Islands in the Persian Gulf", 'Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society' vol. XCC (1890), pp. 1-19; 'The Ruined Cities of Mashonaland' (London 1892); 'The Sacred City of the Ethiopians' (London 1893); 'Southern Arabia' (London 1900). Some papers relevant to their Greek work are held in the Dept of Greek & Roman Antiquities but there is no equivalent filed correspondence in the Dept of the Middle East from either of the Bents for the period 1887-1898 inclusive.


Nicole Chevalier, 'La recherche archéologique française au moyen-orient 1842-1947', Paris: Editions Recherche sur les Civilisations, 2002, pp. 128-29.