A Directory of projects relating to the history of archaeology.
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.
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
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.