Wace, Alan John Bayard, 1879-1957 (archaeologist)
- Existence: 1879-07-13 - 1957-11-09
Alan John Bayard Wace (1879-1957) was born at 4 Camden Place, Cambridge, on 13 July 1879. Wace read for the Classical tripos at Pembroke College, Cambridge, (Matric. 1898) where he held a scholarship. He was awarded a Prendergast studentship and admitted as a student at the British School at Athens during1902-3. In 1904, Wace was elected a fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and was appointed Librarian at the British School in Rome, specifically to work on the catalogue of the sculpture collections during 1905-6. In 1912 Wace was appointed as Lecturer in Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of St Andrews. In 1914 he was appointed Director of the British School in Athens, a post he held until 1923. He became Deputy Keeper in the Department of Textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1924. He was elected to the Laurence chair in Cambridge (1934), was made the Armstrong Lecturer in Toronto (1939), and accepted the chair of Classics and Archaeology at the Farouk I University at Alexandria (1944). He died in Athens on 9 November 1957.
Found in 17 Collections and/or Records:
AJBW writes about his plans for excavation at Mycenae: he describes his previous work and its reception by leading scholars, then lists the areas yet to be excavated. He plans to explore the South House, the Prehistoric Cemetery, and the Aegisthus and Atreus tombs. He details the costs of the excavation and emphasises the importance of the potential finds.
Leaf of a letter by AJBW to an anonymous recipient re excavations on Cyprus and recent publications on pottery
AJBW writes about current excavations at Cyprus. He discusses the debate between Dikaios and Schaeffer: he supports Dikaios and hopes that Schaeffer will not be allowed to dig at Knossos. He responds to a query about saponlac and criticises Furumark's use of saponlac on his pots. He then discusses Nilsson's and Holmberg's papers in the Opuscula Archaeologica, adding his own observations on the pottery. He mentions Iliffe's finds at Paphos, including some painted archaic sculpture.
AJBW jots down several notes, under four headings: Mycenae, Lion Hunt, Funeral, S(?). The notes comprise single words or phrases, for example, 'road' and 'colour of stone in walls'. The paper header is from the Nassau Tavern Hotel in Princeton.
AJBW replies to Schuster's letter about the embroidery sample from Fez. He says that the sample seems to be Greek and that similar embroidery does not exist in Morocco. He suggests that Greek textiles have simply ended up in Morocco, and so acquired another provenance. He ends with a brief discussion on Greek and Balkan textiles.
Letter from AJBW to Frank Stubbings re Daniel's arguments about dating at Mycenae and slides for a lecture on Mycenae, 1948-05-20
AJBW thanks Stubbings for his critique of Daniel's arguments about Mycenae dating. He writes that he is sending Stubbings the proofs of Daniel's article and his own note, as well as several chapters on Mycenae. He then discusses the dating of the threshold sherd from Atreus. He tells Stubbings about an upcoming lecture he is giving on Mycenae and asks for his help in procuring slides. He lists the slides that he wants to show.
AJBW writes that he is glad Mylonas agrees with his interpretation of the MH fortified citadel at Mycenae. He responds to Mylonas's accusation of exclusion, saying that he has referred to Papademetriou only because he is the official head of the excavation. Wace says that he has sent two offprints to Mylonas and hopes to see him soon in Princeton.
Letter from AJBW to his daughter Lisa re comments on Lisa's work and chronology at Troy , 1956-05-09
AJBW writes with suggestions for one of Lisa's papers. He says that he will write to Emmett Bennett once Lisa has sent in her paper. He then discusses the chronology of Troy VI at length, questioning Blegen's pottery sequence. He asks Lisa for her opinion on distinguishing LH IIIA, IIIB, and IIIC pottery, and ends with an attempt to equate the settlement stages at Troy with the mainland pottery sequence. Helen Wace adds a sentence at the end.
AJBW writes to Lisa about his trip to Thessaly. He describes his visits to Tarsanas/Pefkakia and Iolkos, detailing the archaeological finds and the pottery at the latter. He then describes his visit to Lianokladi and the Almiro museum, including the details of three figurines from the museum. The letter begins and ends with more general news.
AJBW writes with corrections to Leaf's article about Corinth in the Classical Review. Leaf has incorrectly attributed the excavations at Corinth to Wace, rather than the American School, Blegen, and Miss Walker. AJBW then corrects Leaf's impressions about the Mycenaean evidence at Corinth.
AJBW writes that Blegen and Miss Walker are satisfied with Leaf's explanation about his article, so he will take the matter no further. He encloses an article by Blegen about the Corinth excavations. He emphasises that Corinth was well-inhabited in Mycenaean times.
AJBW sends Lisa a postcard from Volos, with two sites labelled on the front. The first is the village of Dimini; the second is the site where the Argo was built, a prehistoric site with pottery from the Neolithic through to the Late Helladic periods. AJBW updates Lisa on their time in Volos so far, and says that he has been mentioned in the morning's newspaper. Helen Wace adds a sentence at the end.
The papers consist of 9 small field notebooks belonging to Wace dating from the early 1900s, papers relating to his academic career, and copies of some of his publications, principally offprints from journals.
The UK Archival Thesaurus has been integrated with our catalogue, thanks to Kings College London and the AIM25 project for their support with this.