Friday, March 09, 2007

The Giza Archives Project

The Giza Archives Project. This is a nice site documenting excavations on the Giza plateau sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from 1905 to 1942. It includes diaries, photographs, maps, plans, and sketches.

This includes:

- About 22,000 black-and-white excavation photographs taken between 1902 and 1942.

- About 3,106 expedition diary pages.

- About 2,408 object register book pages (containing 19,544 individual object records).

- About 10,000 maps and plans, ranging from entire Giza cemeteries to individual burial shafts.

- About 200 books and articles on Giza (a digital Library of PDF files).

- Experiments in Interactive Web technologies, such as zoomable satellite photos and 360-degree panoramic views of the site using Quicktime Virtual Reality (QTVR) and other technologies.

From the site:

The Old Kingdom Giza Necropolis (dating from about 2500 BCE) is the site of thousands of tombs, temples, and ancient artifacts. With this Web site the Giza Archives Project staff seeks to provide a comprehensive online resource for scholarly research on Giza.

The single longest-running Giza excavation took place between 1902 and 1947, undertaken jointly by Harvard University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). Directed by George A. Reisner, the "Harvard–MFA Expedition" unearthed thousands of Giza artifacts, and amassed the largest archaeological documentary archive of any Giza expedition. This archive is housed primarily in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and, to a lesser extent, at Harvard University.

With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the MFA has made major strides since 2000 toward preserving and making this Giza archive available online. With the possible future addition of excavation archives from other expeditions (1903-present) and institutions, the Giza Archives Project Web site aims to become the world's central repository for the archaeological history of the site.

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