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    Reading field diaries against the grain: the notable and the absent in Syrian archaeology

    Baird, Jennifer (2024) Reading field diaries against the grain: the notable and the absent in Syrian archaeology. Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies 12 (1), pp. 20-34. ISSN 21663548.

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    Before standardised context forms, before section drawing, and before photography, archaeology was recorded in field notebooks. Field diaries are perhaps the archetypal archaeological document both in the field and in the archive, and they persist in various contemporary forms as a key means of recording. Drawing on archaeological field diaries made in Syria during the French Mandate, in particular those of Clark Hopkins at Dura-Europos and Harald Ingholt at Palmyra, this article looks to the inclusions, elisions, and absences in archaeological field notebooks, and asks whether it might be possible to re-examine the history of Mandate-era archaeology in Syria through them.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Jennifer Baird
    Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2023 15:43
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2024 17:59


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