Sir Austin Henry Layard (1817-1894)
Layard is renowned as the archeologist who first explored the ancient Assyrian monuments and sent many significant artifacts to England. His major books, Nineveh and its Remains (1848-1849), and Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon (1853) contain anecdotes about the Bedouin and their horses at the time when the rootstock of the present Heirloom herd was being propagated by the tribes. Numerous later authors quote Layard for his reliable eyewitness reports from this era.

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