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Photographs (including glass and film negatives; original photo prints; and duplicates)


Excavating tombs at Mavro Spelio, near Knossos, 1926.


The port of Herakleion, 1900.

This section includes thousands of original photographs and their negatives. It is the largest photographic archive anywhere in the world regarding Evans's Knossos excavations (1900-1935). Apart from Knossos, this section of the Sir Arthur Evans archive includes photographs of sites other than Knossos; of objects; and of people (including Evans's workers at Knossos).

  1. Knossos-related: about 2,800 original photo prints in 39 albums and 1,579 pages. These include topographical (of Knossos and other Cretan sites), object, and pottery photos. There are also more than 5,000 duplicate photo prints placed in around 20 pamphlet cases. About 30% of this material has already been catalogued in full. The photographs have not been digitized. There are also about 1,500 original glass and film negatives of Noel Heaton and other photographers. The Ashmolean also holds 1,320 slides of Knossos from the 1980s (given by Mr Stephen Townsend).
    Note: A small Ashmolean collection of Knossos and Crete-related original lantern slides (mostly by Sir J.L. Myres) is now stored at the Institute of Archaeology and the Faculty of Classics.
  2. Non-Knossos: about 500-600 photo prints in two albums, three folders, and a scrap book. There are also photo prints in the Sir John Myres archive.

C/1 Knossos and Crete

C/1/1: Albums – Knossos, 14 albums in total with 1,346 photos in 630 pages

C/1/2: Albums – Knossos Objects (other than pottery, but occasionally including topographical/excavation photos), 6 albums in total with 507 photographs in 359 pages:

C/1/3: Albums – Knossos Pottery (red albums), 13 albums with 456 photographs in total:

NOTE: The chronological arrangement is largely that of Evans and Mackenzie and we have retained for purposes of coherency. The pottery photographs have been removed from the original albums and arranged in pottery albums by Dr Nicoletta Momigliano.

C/1/4: Cretan sites, 6 albums with 502 photographs and 190 pages in total

C/1/5: Glass negatives – about 1150 negatives - conservation required

C/1/6: Heaton glass negatives of Knossos and Crete – about 355 negatives - conservation required

C/1/7: Copies and duplicates (>5,000):

C/2 Non-Knossos

C/2/1: Albums – Sites and objects, in 2 albums with 197 photos and 106 pages in total

C/3 Sir John Myres

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Excavating tombs at Mavro Spelio, near Knossos, 1926.


The port of Herakleion, 1900.