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Boëthius, Carl Axel, 1889-1969 (archaeologist)

 Person

Biography

Boëthius was born in Arvika, Sweden. He attended Uppsala University, completing his PhD in 1918 and teaching at the university from 1921-1925, during which period he also excavated at Mycenae. In 1925 he became the first director of the Swedish Institute in Rome, until July 1957. His academic specialism was Etruscan archaeology and he was professor at Gotëborg University from 1934 until 1955, when he retired to Italy.

Found in 61 Collections and/or Records:

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Letter from Axel Boëthius re Etruscan excavations and retirement, 1957-10-24

Reference Code: GBR/3437/AJBW/2/1/2/15
Scope and Contents

Part i: Letter from Axel Boëthius, updating AJBW on his excavations of Etruscan tombs in October. He discusses the participation of the King of Sweden and their trip to see the Laocoon at Sperlonga. He then talks about his retirement from the Swedish Institute at Rome.
Part ii: Envelope

Dates: 1957-10-24
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Letter from Axel Boëthius re excavations in Rome and future plans, 1956-10-17

Reference Code: GBR/3437/AJBW/2/1/2/13
Scope and Contents

Part i: Letter from Axel Boëthius detailing his plans for the coming few months. He begins with an account of his current excavations of Etruscan tombs and then outlines when he is in Rome between November and July.
Part ii: Envelope

Dates: 1956-10-17
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Letter from Axel Boëthius re his experiences in Rome and Etruscan excavations, 1956-11-28

Reference Code: GBR/3437/AJBW/2/1/2/14
Scope and Contents Part i: Letter from Axel Boëthius, describing his recent experiences in Rome and new interest in the Baroque. He then discusses his wish to retire the following July. Two typewritten pages then detail the excavations of Etruscan tombs in San Giovenale, describing the finds and listing the participants. He ends with personal news and a discussion of Renaissance villas.Part ii: Report by Boëthius (in Italian) discussing the excavations beneath St Peter's, the Vatican, of Palaeo-Christian...
Dates: 1956-11-28
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Letter from Axel Boëthius re personal news and job appointments, 1956-02-22

Reference Code: GBR/3437/AJBW/2/1/2/12
Scope and Contents

Part i: Letter from Axel Boëthius, discussing personal updates and archaeological news. He mentions his recent illness then details the recent appointment of the chair in Goteborg. He then talks about a Pelican book he is writing and tells AJBW about recent excavations in the Roman forum. He ends with his plans for the next few months.
Part ii: Envelope

Dates: 1956-02-22
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Letter from Axel Boëthius re personal news and recent articles, 1941-01-06

Reference Code: GBR/3437/AJBW/2/1/2/8
Scope and Contents

Letter from Axel Boëthius, discussing his recent activities and work. He details his recent involvement with the military and talks about a book on Abraham Lincoln he has read. He describes his new house and recent difficulties with petrol. He then mentions several articles he has written, and asks to send AJBW his article on the warrior of Capestrano. He congratulates AJBW on an article about the Treasury of Atreus and ends the letter with some more personal updates.

Dates: 1941-01-06
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Lion Tomb: dromos and doorway, 1921

Reference Code: GBR/3437/MCNE/3/1/7/4
Scope and Contents

Boëthius wrote on v. in pencil, '5. The tholos N. from Klytaimnestra'. Another hand wrote in pencil underneath, 'Lion Tomb'.

Dates: 1921
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Mycenae 1921 A C. A. B., 1921

Reference Code: GBR/3437/MCNE/1/1/5
Scope and Contents

Excavation Notebook for 1921 compiled by C. A. Boëthius on the Chamber Tombs and Treasury of Atreus. Includes sketch plans, section drawings and sketches of finds from the Chamber Tombs to which an index exists in Boëthius IV.

Dates: 1921
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Mycenae Director's Day Book, 1920-1921, 1920-1921

Reference Code: GBR/3437/MCNE/1/1/1
Scope and Contents Director's Day Book for 1920-1921 compiled by A. J. B. Wace. Daily summary of excavation on site, also documents notable finds, visitors to the excavation and tallies of numbers of workmen employed. Hand-drawn sketches, diagrams and tomb plans pasted in throughout the notebook. Clippings of AJBW's summary account of the excavation, published in the Times Literary Supplement on June 24, July 16th, 19th August and October 13th 1920, pasted in at ff. 119 v. -125...
Dates: 1920-1921
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Mycenae II B C.A.B., 1921-1922

Reference Code: GBR/3437/MCNE/1/1/7
Scope and Contents

Excavation Notebook for 1921-1922 complied by C. A. Boëthius for Chamber Tombs 508, 509, 510, 506, 507 511, 512. Sketch plans and sketches of finds and tombs throughout. Index page at the front, a further index is available in Boëthius IV.
Dates are given but without a year, Boëthius was present in Mycenae during the excavation seasons of 1921 and 1922.

Dates: 1921-1922
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MYK. 1922 Boëthius I, 1922

Reference Code: GBR/3437/MCNE/1/1/15
Scope and Contents

1922 excavation notebook compiled by C. A. Boëthius for Chamber Tombs 521, 514, 523, 516, 528, 529, 531, 524 and 527.
Indexed at the front. Includes sketch plans and section drawings, some pasted in. Also includes one photograph of Tomb 516 pasted to f.10v.

Dates: 1922
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Panagia tomb: The Fig-Tree Tholos, 1921

Reference Code: GBR/3437/MCNE/3/1/5/1
Scope and Contents

Boëthius wrote on v. in pencil, '4a. The Fig-Tree-Tholos. (This foto is not all right but it shows the poros and conglomerate in the doorway.)' He sketched a diagram in pencil of the position of these stone elements in the doorway.
The ‘Fig-tree tholos’ was Boëthius’ name for this tomb, presumably inspired by the fig tree growing out of the doorway.

Dates: 1921
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Panagia tomb: The Fig-Tree Tholos - close up of door, 1921

Reference Code: GBR/3437/MCNE/3/1/5/2
Scope and Contents

Boëthius wrote on v. in pencil, '4b. The Fig-Tree-Tholos'
Another hand on v. adds in pencil 'Panagia tomb'.

Dates: 1921
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Postcard from Axel Boëthius re an article about Persia and personal news, 1950-08-13

Reference Code: GBR/3437/AJBW/2/1/2/9
Scope and Contents

Postcard from Axel Boëthius, informing AJBW about a recent article on sacrifices for the Persian rulers, the Seleucids and the Ptolemies in the Temple of Jerusalem. He reminisces about Cambridge and asks whether AJBW is in Athens.

Dates: 1950-08-13
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Postcard from Axel Boëthius re personal news, 1955-10-31

Reference Code: GBR/3437/AJBW/2/1/2/11
Scope and Contents

Postcard from Axel Boëthius to Helen and Alan Wace, comparing houses in Bari to tholos tombs. He gives updates on his trip.

Dates: 1955-10-31
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Postcard from Axel Boëthius re personal news and the Circus Pot, 1932-11-09

Reference Code: GBR/3437/AJBW/2/1/2/7
Scope and Contents

Postcard from Axel Boëthius with news about Helen Wace's sisters and personal updates. He references a pot from the Rebecca Darlington Stoddard Collection, which is similar to the Circus Pot.

Dates: 1932-11-09
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Postcard from Axel Boëthius re receiving copy of BSA, 1958-02-27

Reference Code: GBR/3437/AJBW/2/1/2/16
Scope and Contents

Postcard, with image of the interior of the Bibliotheca Instituti Romani Regni Sueciae, from Axel Boëthius to Helen Wace, saying that he received a copy of the BSA journal with the 1939-55 Mycenae excavation report.

Dates: 1958-02-27
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Tomb 501, unexcavated with stones closing it, 1921-05-23

Reference Code: GBR/3437/MCNE/3/1/1/2
Scope and Contents

Boethius wrote in pencil on v. of Part i, '501 Foto facing N. MYK. 23 May 1921'.

Dates: 1921-05-23
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Tomb 501, unexcavated with stones closing it, 1921

Reference Code: GBR/3437/MCNE/3/1/1/5
Scope and Contents From the File: These photographs were first published in 1932 in Chamber Tombs at Mycenae (Society of Antiquaries: Archaeologia 82), as the thirteenth and concluding installment of the definitive report of the 1920-1923 excavations. A. J. B. Wace took many of the photographs himself on site during excavation. In 1920 Carl Blegen assisted him in this task and in 1921 and in 1922 C. A. Boëthius was Wace’s deputy photographer. In 1923 A. J. B. Wace supervised photography of finds...
Dates: 1921
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Tomb 502, 4 workmen sifting soil, set against the broader landscape, 1921-06-11

Reference Code: GBR/3437/MCNE/3/1/1/12
Scope and Contents

Boëthius wrote on v. in pencil, '502 Xwmata [earth] MYK 11 juni 1921'.
AJBW wrote on v. in pencil, 'Sifting earth from Tomb 502. Slide'.

Dates: 1921-06-11
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Tomb 502, close up of 3 workmen sifting soil, 1921-06-10

Reference Code: GBR/3437/MCNE/3/1/1/11
Scope and Contents

All three workmen face the camera and pause their work; two are holding sieves and the central figure holds a shovel.

Dates: 1921-06-10
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Tomb 504, dromos and door of chamber, before blocking wall removed, 1921-06-02

Reference Code: GBR/3437/MCNE/3/1/1/14
Scope and Contents

This photograph was taken at the same time of day as MCNE/3/1/13 (see shadow) but taken from a step back, so the shrub on the horizon is now visible.
On v. of the prints Part ii and Part iii, Boethius wrote '504. MYK 2 juni 1921'.

Dates: 1921-06-02
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Tomb 504, dromos and door of chamber before removal of blocking wall, 1921

Reference Code: GBR/3437/MCNE/3/1/1/16
Scope and Contents From the File: These photographs were first published in 1932 in Chamber Tombs at Mycenae (Society of Antiquaries: Archaeologia 82), as the thirteenth and concluding installment of the definitive report of the 1920-1923 excavations. A. J. B. Wace took many of the photographs himself on site during excavation. In 1920 Carl Blegen assisted him in this task and in 1921 and in 1922 C. A. Boëthius was Wace’s deputy photographer. In 1923 A. J. B. Wace supervised photography of finds...
Dates: 1921
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Tomb 504 dromos and door to chamber, before removal of blocking wall, 1921

Reference Code: GBR/3437/MCNE/3/1/1/15
Scope and Contents From the File: These photographs were first published in 1932 in Chamber Tombs at Mycenae (Society of Antiquaries: Archaeologia 82), as the thirteenth and concluding installment of the definitive report of the 1920-1923 excavations. A. J. B. Wace took many of the photographs himself on site during excavation. In 1920 Carl Blegen assisted him in this task and in 1921 and in 1922 C. A. Boëthius was Wace’s deputy photographer. In 1923 A. J. B. Wace supervised photography of finds...
Dates: 1921
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