Eustis in Lake County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Dr. Edgar J. Banks
"A Real Indiana Jones"
Born May 23, 1866 in Sunderland, Massachusetts, Dr. Banks was educated at Amherst College and Harvard. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Breslau in Archeology and Semitic Studies and was a prolific author and writer. He was appointed an American Consul to Bagdad and a private secretary to the U.S. Ambassador, John I. Leishman, in Turkey. He organized and led an archaeological expedition of the University of Chicago to Bismya, Southern Mesopotamia, where he discovered thousands of cuneiform tablets and one of the most famous and oldest Sumerian statues of the third millennium B.C. He became the first American to climb the summits of Mount Ararat in search of Noah’s ark and one of a few westerners to cross the Arabian Desert alone on a camel. He married Minja (Marija Amalya Beata) de Miksic, a Croatian “princess” in 1914, and they had two children, Bobby (Edgar de Miksic) and Daphne. A noted lecturer, Dr. Banks was invited by Edgar L. Ferran, in 1913, to present Biblical Archeology talks at the First Presbyterian Church of Eustis. For health reasons, he moved the family to Eustis after working as a movie consultant for
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Arts, Letters, Music • Exploration • Science & Medicine.
Location. 28° 51.267′ N, 81° 41.195′ W. Marker is in Eustis, Florida, in Lake County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Ferran Park Drive and East McDonald Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located beside the walkway in Ferran Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Ferran Park Drive, Eustis FL 32726, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ferran Park (here, next to this marker); S.T.E. Pinkney (here, next to this marker); Battle of the Bulge Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Lake County Service Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Flagpole Dedicated March 3, 2001 (within shouting distance of this marker); Alice B. McClelland Bandshell (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial Band ShellFerran Park (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eustis.
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1. Hometown Hero: “The Real Indiana Jones”. Archeology Outsider entry:
Banks did most of his fieldwork in the first few decades of the 1900’s traveling throughout much of the Middle East and Eurasia. Some of his conquests consisted of climbing Mt. Ararat in search of Noah’s Ark, which he never did find. Banks is responsible for uncovering thousands of cuneiform tablets dating between 4500 – 2800 B.C.E. and in his years of study discovered the oldest statue in the world, the Statute of King David (not to be confused with Michelangelo’s David.) (Submitted on February 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Edgar James Banks (Wikipedia). Banks is known as the person who sold the ancient mathematical cuneiform tablet Plimpton 322, which was likely excavated in what is now southern Iraq, to the New York publisher George Arthur Plimpton, reportedly for $10. The artifact contains a table of numbers related to Pythagorean triples, and has been the subject of numerous studies by historians of mathematics. (Submitted on February 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Dr. Edgar Banks. Dr. Ewa Wasilewska, the foremost expert on the life of Dr. Banks, refers to Dr. Banks as “one of the most under-recognized and important archeologists of our time.” Dr. Banks lectured each year from 1907 to 1919 at the University of Notre Dame. During these lectures, he spoke about his archaeological travels around the world. This brave adventurer retired to Eustis in 1921 and resided in Lake County for 24 years. (Submitted on February 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.