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Re-Excavating JerusalemArchival Archaeology$
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Kay Prag

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266427

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266427.001.0001

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The Archive

The Archive

(p.5) II The Archive
Re-Excavating Jerusalem

Kay Prag

British Academy

This chapter describes the scale of the project in Jerusalem and the size of the archive created during the seven seasons of excavation which occupied two years in total, with a large staff. The considerations which formed the basis of the archive’s composition, the degree of contemporary subjectivity involved in the process, and the current state of the archive are outlined. It consists of both paper and photographic records, as well as a major study collection of fragmentary pottery, animal bones, coins and diverse materials. Much of the work of publication was based in Toronto and Leiden, and relevant sections of the archive were copied or located there. The major registered finds were retained in Jordan and Israel, the rest distributed widely to supporting institutions. Original card indexes have been replaced by digitisation of the archive. There are some supporting files, metadata relating to the financing and staff. Issues relating to the preservation of archaeological archives and their importance are considered.

Keywords:   archival composition, archival digitisation, archival preservation, metadata

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