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