A Directory of projects relating to the history of archaeology.
Emma B. andrews Diary Project
Run by Dr Sarah Ketchley, this project is transcribing the diaries of Emma B. Andrews, an American woman who travelled frequently to Egypt in the early 20th century. Andrews was closely associated and romantically linked to American industrialist Theodore M. Davis, who obtained permission from the Egyptian Government to excavate tombs in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor.
The project is also transcribing and making available online the diaries of other Americans travelling to and working in archaeology in Egypt at this time.
2019. The Emma B. Andrews Diary Project - Interdisciplinarity, Collaboration and the Digital Humanities. University of Washington Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilisation [online].
Amara West 1938-9
A digitised dig diary from the Egypt Exploration Society's 1938-9 excavations in Amara West, Sudan. Based on material held at the Egypt Exploration Society's Lucy Gura Archive, including photographs, object cards, and the text of the diary.
A digital transcription of the "Petra Exploration Fund Diary", a document charting the progress of the first intensive excavations at Petra in 1929, with associated contextual essays and indexes.
The Diary was written by Agnes Conway and George Horsfield, two members of the 1929 team. It is part of the Horsfield archive, held by the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. It provides historical context for the 1929 excavation, as well as enabling users to search the diary entries through specified keywords. Over 60 photographs from the Horsfield archive have been included in the website.
The Petra 1929 project was developed by Dr Amara Thornton, with funding from the Council for British Research in the Levant.
By Bart Wagemakers (NPAPH)
The Non-Professional Archaeological Photographs (NPAPH) project has the aim to preserve non-professional documentation of archaeological campaigns prior to the 1980s to the future and make it accessible to the public via digital archives.
The term ‘non-professional’ refers to records made by visitors or participants of excavations who were not part of the trained staff, but who assisted as part of their continuing education or out of interest, for instance students, volunteers, reporters or sponsors. Secondly, this category of documentation includes also the private photos, slides or films made at the excavation by the archaeological staff.
Wagemakers, Bart. 2014. The Digital Non-Professional Archaeological Photographs Archives: Private Photographs of Past Excavations for Current Archaeological Research. The Archaeological Review from Cambridge 29 (2): 50-68.
Gold and Grime
A digital resource highlighting Victorian women collectors of ancient Egyptian artefacts in five northwestern UK museums: Blackburn, Burnley, Macclesfield, Southport and Bolton. The five women featured are Annie Barlow, Anne Goodison, Marianne Brocklehurst, Alice Lady O'Hagan and Hilda Petrie. The website is here.
The Historic Environment Image Resource (HEIR) project at the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford is digitising historic lantern slides, dating from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries, in various collections in the University. Photographs cover a wide geographical area. An app developed in conjunction with the digitisation project enables users to upload their own current photographs of the sites represented in the lantern slides, and help HEIR archivists to create keywords for the digitised images.
Image database: http://heir.arch.ox.ac.uk
Project blog: https://heiroxford.wordpress.com/
A crowdsourcing initiative to make archaeological archives and artefacts digitally accessible. Originally an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project, Micropasts began in 2014 as a collaboration between the British Museum and the UCL Institute of Archaeology. Since then a variety of transcription and photomasking projects have been undertaken in collaboration with a number of learned societies and museums.
Notable projects include transcription of the British Museum's Bronze Age Index; transcription of the Egypt Exploration Society's Amarna Object Cards; transcription of Flinders and Hilda Petrie's diaries; photomasking of artefacts for 3D images/prints from the collections of the British Museum, the Petrie Museum, the Mary Rose Trust, and the Palestine Exploration Fund.
Bonacchi, C. et al. 2014. Crowd-sourced Archaeological Research: The MicroPasts Project. Archaeology International 17, pp.61–68. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ai.1705
Artefacts oF Excavation
An Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project to trace distribution networks of artefacts excavated between 1880-1980 by the Egypt Exploration Fund/Egypt Exploration Society and Flinders Petrie/British School of Egyptian Archaeology. Website includes details of archaeological teams, season dates, sites, objects and distribution destinations.
An initiative crowdsourcing short impactful biographies of historical and contemporary women from around the world pioneering research in archaeology, paleontology and geology. Entries draw on archive and published sources, helping to raise awareness of women's contributions to these fields and provide role models for the next generation of researchers. Currently also crowdfunding for an exhibition and event programme "Raising Horizons".
An interdisciplinary collaboration between staff at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, UCL English and UCL Information Studies, funded in 2014 to digitise, research and present the home movies of British archaeologist Gerald Lankester Harding (1901-1979). The films date to the early 1930s and feature scenes of travel, life and work on archaeological sites in British Mandate Palestine. A blog, resources and further information can be found on the project website.