Excavation documentation from Labraunda digitised

21 October 2019

Black and white photo of archaeologists at Labraunda in 1948.

Archaeologists at Labraunda 1948 (from Gustavianum's Collections)

Uppsala University Library's part of the project Mötesplats Medelhavet ("Labraunda") - a research platform for digitised archaeological collections and archives at the Swedish institutes in Athens, Rome and Istanbul, is now being started. The aim of the project is to make available materials from the excavation of a Zeus shrine in Labraunda, Turkey. Materials that previously have been difficult to access will now be available in digital form.

The documentation will be available through the Alvin database and in the international database for archaeological material Pragmata.

The excavation has been ongoing since the beginning of the 1940s and under Swedish management until 2013. The purpose of the digitisation is to make the documentation from the Swedish excavation period easily accessible to all participants that have been involved in the excavation, thereby facilitating further work and analysis. At the same time, it will also be possible for other researchers to take part in this documentation.

The documentation consists of materials from the 1940s until 2011: excavation diaries, drawings of the excavation area, correspondence, photographs and other documentation. Some of the drawings are in poor condition and will be conserved by paper conservator Floriane Clerc at Uppsala University Library.

The materials have been donated to Uppsala University Library through the former excavation leader Pontus Hellström, professor emeritus at the Department of Archeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University.

You can request original documentation from the Labraunda excavations for studies in the Special Reading Room at Carolina Rediviva, Uppsala University Library.

Staff at the Department of Special Collections will record the contents in the database Alvin, and the majority of the materials will be digitised at Uppsala University Library. Eventually, members of the project at the Department of Archeology and History of Antiquity at Uppsala University will add more information in Alvin.