Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Knossos Archival Material on Digital Collections

We are delighted to announce that newly digitised archival material from the Knossos excavations is now available on Digital Collections (digital.bsa.ac.uk).

This set of notebooks, plans and photographs documents archaeology at Knossos from the 1930s to the 1950s undertaken by the then Knossos Curator, Richard Wyatt Hutchinson (‘The Squire’) and later Sinclair Hood during his time as BSA Assistant Director and then Director. Especially important are the rescue excavations undertaken just before and after WWII by Hutchinson whose broad chronological interests made him one of the first to see a long history of Knossos (and, indeed, of the much wider island of Crete) beyond the hitherto more intensively studied prehistoric Minoanperiods.

This digitisation project was undertaken collaboratively with the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge as part of their major four year research project ‘Being An Islander: Art and Identity of the large Mediterranean Islands’. Funding was generously provided through a Digitisation Award from Cambridge Digital Humanities.

To view the Knossos material on BSA Digital Collections, click here:


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