Tucked away in the Institute of Archaeology are the archives. They tell the story of archaeology from the late 19th century onwards through the books, maps, plans, notes, pictures, photographs, drawings, letters, and paraphernalia of archaeologists. The archives have accumulated here more or less at random, sometimes given to the Institute for safe keeping, sometimes brought here because there was nowhere else for them to go, and sometimes rescued from destruction.
We are very proud of the archive we have here. It shows how archaeologists worked, who they knew (and what they thought of them), how major world events, including wars, affected their work, how new aspects of archaeology were developed, and how archaeologists in the past shaped the discipline taught at Oxford today. It is a great resource with the potential to cast new light on old excavations.
Follow the progress of the archive team as we attempt to bring these treasures to light. If you have comments or want to contact us in regard to any of the posts, images and the project in general, use the comment boxes or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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