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Excavation notebooks, 1915-1969

Reference Code: GBR/3437/MCNE/1/1


  • 1915-1969


125 notebook(s) (125 notebooks)

Language of Materials



As described by Dr E. B. French, 2015:

NOTEBOOKS: Wace Excavations

1920-23 (Wace x001 to x020) AJBW kept a small running continuous notebook (brown cloth) with measurements and very rough notes; every week he (or in his absence Blegen or Boëthius) wrote a tidy account of the week in a medium (16 x 21 cm) notebook. All exist and have been transcribed for some key areas.

W. Lamb and C. Boëthius kept medium notebooks (mainly on the Chamber Tombs) which are in the Archive (presumably because A. J. B. Wace used them to write up the tombs). Other notebooks for this period, by W. Lamb and W. Heurtley, are held by the BSA Archive.

1939: (x021 to x025) A. J. B. Wace and all the main site supervisors kept notes in medium sized books. N.B. No architect’s book held in this Archive.

1950: (Wace x026, x027, x036 to x040, x064) A. J. B. Wace and all the site supervisors kept notes in small black leatherette notebooks. Except for those of Alan Rowe and John Cook, all are in the archive. Dorothea Gray kept a rough notebook which she later copied into a neat version; both exist in this archive.

1951: (Wace x041) Thin white notebook by Sinclair Hood.

1952: (x028, x042-050, x064) A. J. B. Wace used a green, medium notebook, the trench supervisors used the small black ones. All exist.

1953: (x030, x051-054, x065) A. J. B. Wace used a green, medium notebook, the trench supervisors used the small black ones. All exist.

1954: (x031, x055-058) A. J. B. Wace used a medium sized, Princeton University Store ringback notebook; the main trench supervisors used the small black ones; Sally Kistruck used a brown one. All exist.

1955: (x032, x059-061, x063) A. J. B. Wace used a medium, Princeton ringback; trench supervisors used small Princeton ringbacks. All exist.

1956, 1957: (x033, x029) A. J. B. Wace notes of study seasons in Nauplion: one a medium Princeton notebook, the other a medium black notebook.

1959, 1961: (x062) E. B. French created supplementary work on the House of Sphinxes and House of the Oil Merchant, medium green notebook.

NOTEBOOKS: W. D. Taylour excavations

1959-1969: Almost all notebooks are green ‘Pylos’ type with pocket and were once accompanied by small brown booklets for interim notes. All exist.

Related Materials

See also the Alan Wace archive in this Repository for his notebooks, which include notes on Mycenae made earlier than the onset of British excavations in 1920. The British School at Athens (BSA) Archive holds four notebooks accessioned as Myc 1-4: notebooks by W. Lamb & W. Heurtley.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Cambridge: Faculty of Classics Archives Repository

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