Arthur Evans Archive

The Sir Arthur Evans Archive is held by the Department of Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum. It consists of the archaeological records and papers of Sir Arthur Evans (Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum, 1884-1908), which he bequeathed to the Museum upon his death in 1941. A large part of these relate to his excavations at the Bronze Age ‘Palace of Minos’ at Knossos on Crete, carried out between 1900 and 1931.

Digital Bodleian currently holds the series of architectural plans and elevations and archaeological sections, which relate both to the architecture of the site as it was uncovered and to the reconstructions carried out in situ by Evans and his architects. These reveal information not disclosed in the selectively published plans and/or obscured by the restorations. The series of fresco reconstruction drawings, which reveal different stages and versions of reconstruction also have a crucial role in revealing information about the original state of the frescoes lost or obscured in the published reconstructions.

These papers were digitized in 2004-2005 as a result of a grant from the Oxford Digital Library Development Fund, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.