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Context & Control Books and Indices, 1920-1969

Reference Code: GBR/3437/MCNE/1/3

Scope and Contents

These records provide a working summary and indexed overview of the pottery and small finds generated during the course of an excavation season. They do not exist for the 1920-1923 seasons and started with Helen Wace assuming administrative oversight and organisation of the excavated material unearthed: numbering, description, labeling and photography in 1939.
Small Finds Indices compiled by Helen Wace in spiral-bound notebooks are proto-Control books, initially entitled 'Register Guides', created in 1939, 1950, 1952-1955, 1959, 1960-1962.
Additionally, two notebooks provide a Terracotta Index, an even more streamlined summary of the significant pottery logged through the seasons 1939-1969.
Control books, fully entitled 'Small Finds and Registered Pots Control Books', were generated by the British-Helleno Excavation Seasons in 1964, 1966, and 1968 and are summaries done at the end of each dig season which list small finds and registered pots by area, thereafter the objects are listed in numerical order by their excavation number.
Context books are summary lists made for excavation seasons in 1954, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1966 and 1969 of excavation numbers, the object's exact find spot (unit number) in an excavation area, together with an assigned pottery phase eg Late Helladic III or Hellenistic.
Finally, a summary list computer print out was generated of all Citadel House Pottery excavated between1953 to1969.


  • Creation: 1920-1969



3 archive box(es) (3 boxes of notebooks) : paper

Language of Materials



Small Finds Indices, compiled by Helen Wace, combine different sources of information, such as pottery notebooks and object cards, which she augmented with object excavation number, site area and unit number, measurements, Nauplion or Athens Museum accession numbers and photo reference numbers.
Control Books Entries record by year excavated artefacts as registered, photographed and/or drawn. Some entries may have additional information such as dating or if the item was later deregistered.
Context books follow a similar arrangement of logging unit number, date and period of pottery, and object number if the piece was kept.

Related Materials

See Administrative / Indexes, Lists and Inventories for further working lists

Repository Details

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

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