When I bought this 110 from a UK ex-pat in BC, Canada, two years ago, I was given a stack of records on the vehicle with several details about owners and work that was done on the vehicle leading back to 1990.
It was kitted out and used in some kind of adventure hire company in Dubai. But then stripped down to stock again and re-imported to the UK. Several of the previous owners are easy to find with Google searches, and one name always intrigued me.
He had a lot of parking tickets in London (included in our stack or records), a name that seemed to be from the Nordic countries, and a lot of the repair receipts in his name were from various countries across Europe: France, Greece, Turkey, Iran, etc...
But more than that, the Google searches easily show that he is currently working as project curator on a specific archeological site for the British Museum. Could this be the connection to why the records show that the truck was in the Assyrian Middle East?
So a few weeks ago, while looking at the map of the UK to plan our trip, I decided to give it a shot and send him an email. I just said that I was an American who got curious about the history of the vehicle, and wondered if he wouldn't mind sharing any photos or stories about the truck.
Two weeks later, I got a reply.
He said he was very happy to hear from me, and that it brought up a lot of good memories of road trips and breakdowns across Europe. Turns out, the truck was used to drive back and forth from UK to SE Turkey. He used it to transport artifacts, soil samples, and equipment back and forth from the dig on a regular basis. He sent me a hand full of images from his road trips in Turkey. The image below is one that he sent me, showing my truck as it was when he owned it in about 2007, as he was about to give it a bath in the Tigris River in Tepe, Turkey.
Without giving too many details, I'll say that his email seems to suggest that he really liked the truck: "Setting out in a Land Rover, off-road and at sun-rise with a car full of geophysicists and radar kit with Frank Sinatra playing on a crap stereo is good for the soul, as I am sure you can appreciate. I have been a better person ever since. One morning we also picked up six milk maids with buckets full of milk. The smell wasnít great afterwards, but I remember it fondly."
This is a current blog on the dig where the Rover was stationed: Ziyaret Tepe | Follow the archaeological excavations at Ziyaret Tepe, the Assyrian city of Tushhan, in southeastern Turkey with daily updates on the latest discoveries, journal entries from the excavators and scientific specialists, and a candid snap
Not a big operation, one that is covered up at the end of every season. But it has actually revealed several important finds: It is a military border town for the Assyrian Empire, several Assyrian kings stayed there, evidence for an unknown lost language have been found, and Roman and Egyptian artifacts have been recovered there as well.
Anyway, I thought it was a cool thing to have as part of the history of the vehicle.