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Antiquities from Asine before on display in Uppsala Castle before they were shipped back to Greece.
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by Archaeology Newsroom

Swedish excavation archives are to be digitized

Archive and database to be created

The Swedish Institute at Athens is preparing a project aiming to document info and archival material from all Sweedish excavations in Greece from 1894 onwards, making it available online.  By organizing and complementing the Institute s archive, and by creating an online database comprising digitized excavation documentation and information about the archaeological material, it will be accessible to researchers. An important part of the project concerns the information on a unique archaeological collection from Asine, now stored at Uppsala University.

The Institute has an obligation to keep records of their archaeological projects, but have not yet had the assets to fulfill this duty in a satisfactory manner; the planned project will redress this situation. The database will constitute a powerful tool for future research, ensure open access to fragile original documentation and publicly acknowledge the archaeological materials produced by Swedish scientists during more than 100 years.

Online documentation will enable generations of archaeologists can re-study the material with new theoretical perspectives or methods. Presently, the absence of registers regarding documentation and information about the finds and its physical location hampers research. Furthermore, some of the old field documentation is rapidly deteriorating.

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1. Swedish Institute Athens, http://www.sia.gr/en/node/894