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    About The Met Around the World

The Met Around the World presents the Met’s work via the global scope of its collection and as it extends across the nation and the world through a variety of domestic and international initiatives and programs, including exhibitions, excavations, fellowships, professional exchanges, conservation projects, and traveling works of art.
The Met Around the World is designed and maintained by the Office of the Director.


The Met organizes large and small exhibitions that travel beyond the Museum's walls, extending our scholarship to institutions across the world. See our national and international traveling exhibition program from 2009 to the present.

Works of Art

The Met lends works of art to exhibitions and institutions worldwide to expose its collection to the broadest possible audience. See our current national and international loans program.


The preservation of works of art is a fundamental part of the Met's mission. Our work in this area includes treating works of art from other collections. See our national and international conservation activities from 2009 to the present.


The Met has conducted excavations for over 100 years in direct partnership with source countries at some of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Today we continue this tradition in order to gain greater understanding of our ancient collections. See our national and international excavation program from the Met's founding to the present.


The Met hosts students, scholars, and museum professionals so that they can learn from our staff and pursue independent research in the context of the Met's exceptional resources and facilities. See the activities of our current national and international fellows.

Exchanges & Collaborations

The Met's work takes many forms, from participation in exchange programs at partnering institutions and worldwide symposia to advising on a range of museum issues. These activities contribute to our commitment to advancing the work of the larger, global community of art museums. See our national and international exchange program and other collaborations from 2009 to the present.

There are currently no international activities in this region.
Excavations throughout Met History, 1870–present
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    Iron Age II, ca. 8th–7th century B.C.

    Levant, Lachish (modern Tell ed-Duweir)

    Gift of Harris D. and H. Dunscombe Colt, 1934 (34.126.53)

Tell ed-Duweir (ancient Lachish)



The site of Tell ed-Duweir, in modern-day Israel, was identified as the ancient city of Lachish in 1929 by the celebrated American archaeologist and biblical scholar William Albright. The site was excavated by the British Wellcome-Marston Archaeological Research Expedition under the direction of James Leslie Starkey from 1932 to 1938. Harris Dunscombe Colt, who later founded the Colt Archaeological Institute, was a member of the Expedition for the first season. He and his father Harris D. Colt also provided financial support in the form of a gift to the Metropolitan Museum for its contribution to the expedition. Remains from the Chalcolithic through the Hellenistic period (ca. 5000–100 B.C.) are evidenced at Tell ed-Duweir. The large fortified town, constructed early in the first millennium B.C., was the second most important city of the kingdom of Judah. It was destroyed in 701 B.C., when the Assyrian army, led by Sennacherib, stormed its walls, a fate that is chronicled in the Bible and represented in wall reliefs from the Assyrian palace at Nineveh.

Partnered with the British Wellcome-Marston Archaeological Research Expedition.
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