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Launch of Digital Mycenae on the Cambridge Digital Library

last modified Feb 18, 2021 04:19 PM
The Faculty is delighted to announce the launch of the first phase of the digitisation of the Mycenae Excavation and Publication Archive.
Launch of Digital Mycenae on the Cambridge Digital Library

Watercolour drawing of a stirrup-vase from the East Basement of the Granary, Mycenae, 1920-1923, ©British School at Athens

A century ago, Alan Wace (1879-1957) – Cambridge Classics alumnus and Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology (1934-1944) – commenced excavation at Mycenae in April 1920. One of the leading archaeologists of early Greece in the 20th century, Wace was Director of the British School at Athens (BSA) from 1914 to 1923. To celebrate this significant anniversary, the Faculty of Classics in Cambridge has collaborated with the University Library and the BSA to digitise the key excavation records from Wace's tenure as director of the British excavation team at Mycenae from 1920 to 1957. 

The Mycenae Archive on the Cambridge Digital Library.

The material held at the BSA is also available via the School’s Digital Collections website. You can read about the Mycenae Archive here.

This project was shortlisted by Apollo – The International Art Magazine, for its Digital Innovation Award 2020. Shortlist for the Apollo Digital Innovation of the Year.

We are grateful to the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and Dr Elizabeth French for their financial contribution to the conservation and digitisation of photographs, plans, drawings and notebooks. 

Main contributors to this project include: Yannis Galanakis, Rebecca Naylor, Rachel Phillips (Classics); Huw Jones, Domniki Papadimitriou (UL); John Bennet, Amalia Kakissis (BSA).

If you have any queries about the Archives at the Faculty of Classics, please email us at

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