The University of Oxford Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology website contains museum information, gallery plans, scheduled events and exhibitions, museum news, publications information, pages for individual departments and collections, as well as contact information. As well as digitised highlights from the museum's collections, there are details about past, present and forthcoming exhibitions, both temporary and permanent. A small number of images illustrate the descriptions. There is a link to the Object of the Month, as well as virtual exhibitions. A section provides free access to out-of-print publications, including books on pre-Roman Italy, Cyprus and Scythian artefacts in the museum. The collections of antiquities in the museum include products from the Palaeolithic to Victorian periods; from Egypt and the Middle East to Europe and Britain. The Roman and Greek Classical collections comprise several casts from sculptures. The Museum receives some core funding from the AHRC.
This website is the online catalogue of the libraries of the Collège de France. It is possible to search publications held by the institution by author, title and keyword. It may be useful to researchers in order to enquire the availability in this institution of older or less common publications. All results point to the locations in the libraries of the Collège de France and therefore the publications cannot be accessed online, and physical access to them is subject to the libraries' and archives' regulations.
The British School at Athens' website provides information about the School; its activities and organised events; its museum and archive; its library; and the archaeological site of Knossos. A list of present and past members is available and there is information on how to become a member. The website provides access to the library of the School; lists the publications by the School including the Annual; and publishes events organised by the School; field and bursary opportunities in Greece; it details how to become a friend or member; and how to apply for permits or the facilities available to the School's members, including the Fitch Research Laboratory and the hostels. The School organises courses for both undergraduates and postgraduates. This websites is an essential resource for researchers wishing to carry out research in Greece.
This is the website for the University of Cambridge’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Drawing on its long history as an institution (founded in 1884, but including earlier collections) the museum houses world class collections of Oceanic, Asian, African and Native American art together with archaeological artefacts ranging from the early human tools found by Louis Leakey in the Olduvai Gorge, to Roman and medieval objects excavated in Britain. The museum still maintains its strong teaching and research traditions, and is funded by the AHRC. The website is extensive, and includes an online catalogue, which is in the process of being illustrated. Additionally, the website includes staff biographies, information on the museum’s research projects and information for researchers.
This archived website, from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (UPM), aims to educate the public about Iraq's ancient past and to provide updates on the situation of the looting that occurred during the 2003 invasion. It features a section that allows the visitor to view photographs of UPM's large collection, and a function by which it is possible to order prints of the photographs on display. A significant portion of the collection, however, seems no longer to be available through the website. In addition, the website compiles information about the efforts being carried out in order to raise awareness on the issue of the looting and to recover stolen artefacts, including a list of links to articles and other organisations with related concerns. The site contains ample information regarding the history of the Museum's research activities in Iraq.
The superb website of the archaeological museum of Shandong University makes use of several multimedia technologies to present its collections. Among its collections are artefacts from Xianrentai (West Zhou Dynasty tombs) and Yinjiacheng, Sishui county (Dawenkou culture; Longshan culture of Shandong; Yueshi culture; Shang, Zhou and Han dynasties cultures, including Longshan and Yueshi cultures). The small English version of the website includes a short textual introduction; a list of staff; an article on Xianrentai and Yinjiacheng as well as a selection of pictures. By clicking a first time on each picture it is possible to see the caption; a second click opens a popup window with a larger version of the same picture. The Chinese version is larger and the multimedia features often do not require knowledge of Chinese language. The menu on the left provides access to a database containing records of many artefacts; the database can be queried by using the dropdown menus to select an archaeological period (from the Palaeolithic to the modern era), material and inserting a keyword. From any resulting page it is possible to start browsing the entire database by clicking on the arrow on the top left. A few artefacts can also be accessed directly from the home page. For each artefact there is a textual description, a photograph and an audio comment. From the home page, it is possible to access some virtual reconstructions of artefacts; to browse photographs of artefacts from several tombs from the region; to access a virtual tour of the rooms of the museum by using a Java plugin; to access short biographies of past explorers and archaeologists; to access interactive educational texts and Flash animations; to obtain information about the museum, recent research and discoveries. There is also an active forum of discussion; a dictionary of terms; special features on field archaeology, the Zhou Dynasty tombs and other topics. There is also a musical video rewarding the readers.
This is the official website of the Egypt Exploration Society, which was founded in 1882 as the "Egypt Exploration Fund" by Amelia Edwards. Several famous Egyptologists have worked for the Fund and Society since its inception, including Edouard Naville (first director of funded excavation); William Matthew Flinders Petrie; Howard Carter; Frances Llewellyn Griffith; Norman de Garis Davies; and many others. Excavated sites include Abydos; Tell el-Amarna; Nubia; Saqqara and Memphis. There is a fascinating article on the history of the society, which is a chapter of history of Egyptology by itself and basic illustrated articles on several projects carried out by the Society. It is possible to join the Society through the website, obtain information about its publications and browse events and conferences of interest to the members. The newsletter of the Society is available freely in PDF format.
The Ricardo A Caminos Memorial Library is reserved to members, but other scholars are welcome to apply for access. The full catalogue is online and is searchable. The website also provides contact details, information on the Society's archive (for materials from field projects) and updated information on the activities of the society. This website is an essential reference for many Egyptologists considering the importance of the Egypt Exploration Society.
This is the website for the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle upon Tyne, opening in 2009. This museum, part of the Great North Museum project brings together world class collections from the Hancock Museum, the Museum of Antiquities, and the Shefton Museum. The Museum’s collections encompass natural history, palaeontology, archaeology, Egyptology, Ancient Greek and Etruscan art, a large-scale, interactive model of Hadrian's Wall, ‘World Cultures’ - ethnographic objects from the last 250 years and a planetarium. The website includes information about the project as well as basic information about the museums’ collections and location as well as a link to the Hatton Gallery, the other component of the Great North Museum Project. The Museum's funders include the AHRC and MLA.
The Logan Museum of Anthropology is a teaching museum of Beloit College, Wisconsin. It has notable collections of: Mesoamerican ceramics; native North American basketry and other artefacts; and Old World palaeolithic finds, particularly from France and North Africa. The website hosts four online exhibitions. The first contains images and descriptions of the museum's palaeolithic artefacts grouped geographically and by time period. The second online exhibition is divided into two halves, one covering the woodland and Mississippian traditions of central and eastern North America between 700 AD and 1500 AD, the other examining the cultures of south-western North America, including the Anasazi, Casas Grandes, Hohokam, and Patayan. The third exhibition presents three-dimensional views of some of the museum's most interesting objects, and requires QuickTime viewer. The final exhibition was put together by students in 1999, and covers the 'World of Music'. It was not functioning when checked. The history of the museum and the collections is described on the site, which also gives access information and opening hours. The museum publishes a biannual newsletter, available online in PDF format. There is an education section, a calendar of events, and a search engine.
This is the website of the Manchester Museum, part of the University of Manchester, and a major public Museum in Manchester, UK. The Museum, with its origins in the 18th Century, encompasses a huge range of artefacts, specimens and objects (some 4.25 million) and includes important collections of anthropology; archaeology; archery; Egyptology; geology; human remains; natural history; numismatics; palaeontology. The website describes the collections in more detail (as well as showcasing highlights from them) and the museum's online catalogue can be searched. Further areas of interest include links to the Museum’s research (related to both its collections, practice and the institution’s own history), staff and extensive community outreach work. As a university museum, the Manchester Museum receives some core funding from the AHRC.
This is the official website of the Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology of the University of Durham. The website provides some basic information to prepare a visit and guidelines for researchers on how to approach the museum to access the collections. Section "collections" publishes short illustrated articles focusing on a few artefacts; the section is divided by period. There is also a section ("education") for school teachers. The few contents limit the usefulness of this website, which is just an introduction to the actual museum.
This website describes the University of Cambridge’s Museum of Classical Archaeology. Located within the Faculty of Classics (although open to the public) the Museum is formed from a collection of some 450 plaster casts of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture, including many well known pieces, and is one of the few remaining of this (once common) type of study collection. Additionally, the Museum’s reserve research collection (consultation by appointment) includes a further 200 plaster casts, Greek vases, pottery sherds and epigraphic squeezes. Full lists of the casts and sherds are available in PDF documents, although a database is promised. The website explains the Collection’s history and highlights, such as The Peplos Kore a cast of an ancient Greek statue of a young girl which is as brightly painted as the original would have been when it was created. Other noted highlights include casts of the Lysikrates Monument, Sounion Kouros, Olympia Pediment and Farnese Heracles. The website also includes details of the museums services for schools and family activities. The museum is closed until spring 2010.
The website of Durham University's Oriental Museum provides access information and details of the museum's holdings. The museum holds collections from ancient Egypt through to twentieth-century China. The website includes pages on Egypt, the Near East, South Asia, Korea and Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, and Japan. Most of these pages simply give brief details of the scope and format of the holdings, although the website does also include special online exhibitions. There is a 'virtual tour' of some of the Chinese artefacts, each of which is illustrated by a large photographic image and accompanying explanatory text. There is also a small picture gallery of twentieth-century Chinese paintings and drawings. A 'news' section describes current and forthcoming special exhibitions as well as talks, crafts activities, and story-telling performances at the museum. Details of the museum's location, opening hours, and group access restrictions are also provided.
This is the website for the University of Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum. The Museum, “one of the world's great collections” contains over half a million ethnographic and archaeological objects from all over the world, and is celebrated for its displays – as a working research and teaching resource display cases organise artefacts by type rather than culture, and are “very crowded” with revealing hand-written labels. Many of the objects were donated by early anthropologists and explorers, ranging from a Tahitian mourner's costume, collected during Captain Cook's Second Voyage in 1773-74 to brasses and ivories from the Kingdom of Benin. As well as objects, the museum has an exceptional (having ‘Designated Status’ in its own right) photography collection of “images of native peoples and cultural activities” which has developed since the museum’s foundation in 1884. Further important collections include manuscripts (chiefly papers of field anthropologists) and unique sound and film archives, recorded in the field and exceptional in the material held from an early date. The website explores the collections in detail, with a range of online resources based around specific collections (such as the Tibet Album of early photographs of Tibet), an online catalogue (unfortunately currently not illustrated) and details of current research. The museum receives core funding from the AHRC.
This Web page describes AHRC-funded research to re-display the Ancient Greek and Roman collections at the University of Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum. The project aims to bring the University's archaeological scholarship into "conversation" with contemporary museum display practices, in the light of recent advances in art history research, moving away from 'thematic' or 'stylistic' displays, towards an understanding of the role of "changing technology, the complexities of workshop practices, and the role of ancient markets" as well the influence of collectors on museum objects. Outputs will include a new public catalogue and Web pages for visitors.
The website introduces the University of Bath’s special collections, much of which can be searched via the University library’s online catalogue. Each collection is summarised here, with particular strengths in the history of agriculture, medicine, industrial archaeology and music as well as collations relating to Sir Isaac Pitman, inventor of the eponymous shorthand system.
This website describes a number artefact and archive collections held by Birmingham University. Many of these collections have important teaching and research roles within the institution. The collections are: The Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts, which ranges from “historical utensils to contemporary fine art”; The Ancient History and Archaeology Collection, including Greek, Mycenean, Roman and Egyptian objects and one of the most important collection of Rhodian vase collections in the UK; The Physics Collection of Historic Scientific Instruments featuring such seminal objects as the magnetron; The Biological Sciences Collection Herbarium and Zoology Collections comprising natural history specimens collected for teaching since the 1880s; The Chamberlain Museum of Pathology Artefacts with late 19th /early 20th human anatomy teaching century teaching models; The Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art containing portraits of University figures and others as well as works by noted 20th century painters and sculptors. The website includes a link to the University’s searchable collections database.
The University of Melbourne's Classics and Archaeology Virtual Museum Project puts online the majority of the contents of the Classics and Archaeology wing of the University's Ian Potter Museum, together with a number of collections not owned by the University. This vast online resource offers access to Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Middle Eastern manuscripts, pottery, coinage, bronzes, vases and sculpture.The centrepiece of the site is the database that allows the user to search the collection. Over 7000 images are available, and there are a number of photos for each object, taken from differing angles and with varying degrees of detail. This makes the site particularly useful for research, as do the full descriptions, bibliographies and comparisons for individual pieces. This information, with all other relevant data such as date, provenance and material, is attractively presented and easily accessible. The self-directed tour allows the user easy access to full lists of the artefacts and the history of the individual collections. There is extensive documentation about the development of the museum and the virtual museum project.
The University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology (UMMA) website has developed an online collection of digital 35mm slides that represent over 60 years of archaeological work throughout the United States, Latin America, Asia and Europe. The database currently holds over 15,000 slides with another 10,000 slides currently being digitised. The slide collection was put together mainly for Curators to use in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at the University but also for talks and presentations at annual conferences. The collection also has a large number of commercial (purchased) slides and images taken from various publications that were useful for illustrating objects that the Museum did not possess. The last category of slides consists of images donated to the Museum by both professional and amateur archaeologists. In cooperation with the Digital Library Production Services Department at the University's Hatcher Graduate Library the Museum has been able to distribute its scanned images to the general public and interested researchers. Consequently each slide is now accompanied by relevant metadata as well as a description. Since this site has been made available for the general public to use it is easy to navigate and the search engine easy to use. As such it will be of use to anyone working in the higher education sector for teaching or research purposes.
This website describes the University of Sheffield Zooarchaeology Lab’s reference collection, which contains more than a thousand specimens of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fishes that live or had once lived in Europe (and a limited number from other parts of the world). The collection includes complete and partial skeletal remains (about 300 of which are sexed and aged); multiple specimens of individual taxa; some archaeological specimens (differing considerably from their modern counterparts). The collection database can be downloaded from the website (as a simple spreadsheet). The collection has received AHRC funding to improve its layout and accessibility.
This website describes the special collections and archives held by the University of Bradford Library. Built around the University’s research interests, the collections cover areqa including: archaeology; local history; history of science and medicine; literature (notably the JB Priestley Archive); religion and peace studies. As well as describing each collection in some detail, the website also explains how to find and access material.