Jericho off the Record: new sources of an old excavation

19 March 2019 18:00 to 19:00

UCL Institute of Archaeology, G6 Lecture Theatre, 31-34 Gordon Square

CBRL is delighted to be partnering with UCL's Institute of Archaeology for this lecture. 

From 1952 to1958, Kathleen M. Kenyon directed the Second British Expedition to Tell es-Sultan, ancient Jericho, on behalf of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem (CBRL's founding institute), the University of London and the Palestine Exploration Fund. The dig was documented by official appointed draughtsmen and photographers; the surveyors and field assistants made notes in their notebooks about the stratigraphy and finds, which were collected by Kenyon at the end of every season. Based on these (official) notes, photographs and drawings, Kenyon published several excavation reports, articles and volumes. However, in addition to these official records made and gathered by order of Kenyon, members of the expedition produced many private records of their own. These so called ‘non-professional’ documents, which include photographs, slides, notes, letters, drawings, and – not to forget – the member’s memories, have, in the past, often been neglected. This documentation is significant for current research in the history of archaeology, as will be demonstrated in this lecture.  

This event is free to attend, no booking required. Seating is unreserved, the lecture hall accommodates 130. 

Bart Wagemakers is a lecturer in Ancient History at Institute Archimedes, the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, The Netherlands, and has an interest in the history of archaeology. He is the coordinator of the Non-Professional Archaeological Photographs project ( which aims to preserve ‘non-professional’ documentation of past archaeological campaigns. Recently Wagemakers initiated the Jericho off the Record project which focuses on the Second British Expedition to Tell es-Sultan (1952-1958) and which gathered hundreds of non-professional black and white photographs, colour slides, letters, diaries and a 16mm colour film.

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