According to Shawn Malley, the British “desired to forge deep-rooted cultural associations with the impressive Assyrian world Layard had unearthed.” Layard’s accomplishments were “extolled in the periodical press as a mission to locate Assyria in a cultural continuum crowned by Great Britain” (“Austen Henry Layard and the Periodical Press: Middle Eastern Archaeology and the Excavation of Cultural Identity in Mid-Nineteenth Century Britain,” Victorian Review 22.2 [1996], p. 158).