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Mycenae: Chamber Tombs plans and sections, 1920-1932

Reference Code: GBR/3437/MCNE/2/2/1

Scope and Contents

23 plan and section drawings, hand drawn in ink on cartridge paper, of Kalkani cemetery and of Tombs 502, 505, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 518, 519, 520, 521, 522, 523, 524, 525, 526, 527, 528, 530, 531, 532; 1 plan of locations of Tombs 502/504/505/102/Fig Tree tomb in ink on cartridge paper;18 pp. initial sketch plans, sections and notes drawn by A.J.B. Wace in pencil on paper of Tombs 505, 519, 523, 525, 527, 529, 530, 531; 1 plan in ink on blue drafting linen of Tomb 516 pit along west wall; 1 plan in ink on tracing paper mounted on paper of Tomb 516 General Plan; 2 sketches in pencil of (unidentified) tomb dimensions on very torn, fragile, squared paper together with an envelope dated in pencil by Wace, 'Mycenae July 1921'.


  • 1920-1932


35 item(s) (35 items (46 leaves of paper, 1 envelope)) : paper, drafting linen

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The inked plans are all drawn by hand over a graphite pencil under-drawing, on wove cartridge paper, by professional draughtsmen. Additional handwritten comments in graphite pencil were made by A. J. B. Wace, with directions for publication. Sketch plans in pencil were drawn quickly by Wace during the immediate course of excavation, intended primarily as an aide memoire to himself.

Related Materials

See MCNE/7 for related material in connection with the Chamber Tombs publication.


The inked plans are unsigned but were drawn up by either E. GilliƩron fils, P. de Jong or J. P. Droop. These drawings would have been made prior to A. J. B. Wace's departure from Greece in October 1923, created during the course of excavations at Mycenae from 1921 to 1923.

Repository Details

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