GENERAL ANTIQUITIES, ANCIENT ART & ANCIENT HISTORY RESOURCES
The site has been updated. It is now much easier to use and includes half a million objects, ranging from Neolithic to post-Medieval antiquities. Especially helpful in the database section is the use of “controlled vocabulary” that assists visitors in utilizing the correct search terms to find the types of objects of interest to them. The U.K.’s Portable Antiquities Scheme offers the most rational solution to issues of national patrimony and the antiquities trade.
Mediterranean Archaeology Resources online. Despite one annoying pop-up and a number of dead links, a great resource, featuring journals, links to other online resources, schools, institutes, etc. One could spend hours trolling the many ancient art. archaeology and antiquities related resources.
This includes a broad range of archaeological research resources, publications, websites, etc. worldwide but with plenty of Classical, Near Eastern and Egyptian links. Potentially very useful.
Perhaps best known in the U.S. for having written and presented a number of documentaries for television including Helen of Troy, which was widely shown on Public TV, Bettany Hughes lectures throughout the world and has been awarded a Research Fellowship at King’s London, was invited to re-open the new Ashmolean Museum, Oxford after its 61 million pound re-design, and was given a Special Award for Services to Hellenic Culture and Heritage by the Greek state. Her website is a great resource for those with an interest in classical archaeology, art and history.
Here is a superb website, in German, dealing with efforts to recreate Roman glass, including the original technologies used. Very well illustrated
A fascinating site following the cleaning, conservation and study of what has proven to be the most spectacular archaeological discovery in England in many years. Pages dealing with the discovery of the hoard, its historical context, and materials used, as well excellent photo galleries, help bring this mysterious find more clearly into focus.
This outstanding website focuses on stone circles, dolmens, ancient standing stones, cairns, barrows, hillforts and the archaeology of Megalithic Europe. It features news items, tour information, its own excellent links section, discussion forums and thousands of photographs from hundreds of sites. Well designed, easy to use, and a goldmine of useful information.
Website of Dr. Mark Lehner and the Giza Plateau Mappting project. Originally intended to “create a high precision map of the natural and cultural features at Giza to better understand the social and economic forces the supported pyramid construction” the site now includes multiple projects on the Plateau, access to publication, a blog, information on how to support these long term efforts and much more. Easy to use and very appealing for anyone who has visited or plans to visit the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza.
The British Museum. Very useful tool for searching images and text relating to ancient art, from the most mundane to the most magnificent antiquities. Generally good quality images and detailed text, including provenance.
The Petrie Museum of Egyptology at University College, London. First rate search tool of the museum’s extensive selection of Egyptian antiquities, ranging from Neolithic to early Islamic. Images are good quality, although provenance is sometimes lacking.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Good search tool for their extensive collections, especially Greek and Roman antiquities. Good images and text although search tool can be awkward to use.
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Another good search tool, with many examples of Greek ceramics and Roman glass in their collections. The antiquities images are high quality though the text is often limited.
The Corning Museum of Glass. This link takes you directly to their collections search page. Simply enter a term, such as “Roman Glass” or “Core Formed Glass” and you will have access to a vast collection of ancient glass from all periods and in all styles and techniques.
Opened in 2010, the Mougins Museum of Classical Art houses a large and diverse collection of antiquities, including Roman, Greek and Egyptian sculpture, vases, coins, and jewellery, and the world’s largest private collection of ancient arms and armour. These are interspersed with a hundred classically-inspired paintings, drawings, and sculptures by artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Dufy, Cézanne, Rodin, Dali, Andy Warhol, Marc Quinn, Antony Gormley, and Damien Hirst. A unique concept and well worth a visit in person or on-line.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, Atlanta. Through judicious buying, they have built one of the finest collections of ancient art, particularly Egyptian antiquities, in North America over the past several years. Both their search tool and collections links provide useful information.
Antiquities collections at the World Museum, Liverpool, England
Excellent and little known Egyptian collection at the Bolton Museum, England
UK Detector Finds Database
For those interested in ancient numismatics, I highly recommend this site. It is a non-commercial reference, attribution and valuation site for ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins. Very useful and easy to use.
Ancient Coins Search Engine
The Maskukat Collection of Islamic Coins
Association of International Antiquities Dealers (AIAD), a not-for-profit international association of antiquities dealers, ancient art dealers, numismatic dealers and other interested individuals who are keen to promote the positive aspects of artifact ownership. The organization aims to promote responsible antiquities dealing and to provide a support network and means of exchanging relevant information about fakes, forgeries, fraudulent misrepresentation and stolen goods with a view to identifying such items offered for sale and notifying the appropriate authorities. AIAD promotes responsible antiquities trading which necessarily includes meeting all legal requirements concerning reporting and documentation. Clio Ancient Art & Antiquities is a member of AIAD.
Ancientartifakes is a highly recommended online forum and photo gallery that addresses the problem of low end and questionable dealers in faked, modified and fraudulent antiquities, especially on sites like E-Bay. Signing up is easy and there are active ongoing discussions surrounding these issues, along with a photo gallery of known fakes. An excellent resource both for beginning collectors and for those concerned professionally with this issue.
International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art
PRINT & ONLINE ANTIQUITIES AND ARCHAEOLOGY PUBLICATIONS
MINERVA The International Review of Ancient Art & Archaeology
Ancient Egypt Magazine
Popular Archaeology Magazine