13:00-18:00 (Egypt) / 12:00-17:00 (UK)

Note: Participants should be prepared to use their audio and webcam during groupwork.

Archives are considered an essential tool for research into the past and the people that constructed these narratives. However, archives require careful use and an equally careful system of creation and curation.

At the Egypt Exploration Society, the Lucy Gura Archive preserves a lasting record of archaeological remains in Egypt and Sudan collected during more than a century of exploration. As well as these unique documents, it also contains related administrative files detailing the history of British Egyptology and the characters involved in these discoveries.

This workshop will use the EES collections as a case study to introduce the processes of archiving within archaeology and the afterlife of records once their initial purpose is fulfilled. It is intended as a general guide to principles, though different methods will suit different projects. Discussions and group work will be facilitated by Zoom breakout rooms to provide opportunity for you to consider your own projects and the archives you are creating or curating.

This course is intended for those currently working in Egyptological archives or in the process of creating them for their own archaeological research project. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a better understanding of archival processes and the value of keeping records for future research. Come along with your current project process documents and experience and be ready to share it with the group.

Please complete the pre-event survey before registering. A post-event survey will be sent following the skills session. Both are required before an attendance certificate can be issued. 

Preliminary schedule (subject to change)

Timings for Egypt

13:00 Introductions
13:15 Part one: What are archaeological archives?
13:30 Group work – what are in archaeological archives?
14:00 Standards for archiving in the field
14:30 Break
14:45 Archives in the stages of an archaeological project
15:15 Summary discussion for part one
16:00 Part two: In the archive
16:30 Archiving standards
17:00 Copyright
17:15 Group work - Audience and engagement
17:45 Summary discussion for part two and feedback
18:00 Event closes

Timings for UK

12:00 Introductions
12:15 Part one: What are archaeological archives?
12:30 Group work – what are in archaeological archives?
13:00 Standards for archiving in the field
13:30 Break
13:45 Archives in the stages of an archaeological project
14:15 Summary discussion for part one
15:00 Part two: In the archive
15:30 Archiving standards
16:00 Copyright
16:15 Group work - Audience and engagement
16:45 Summary discussion for part two and feedback
17:00 Event closes

Please ensure that you check the time differences for your location when joining the event. 


Dr Carl Graves is Director of the Egypt Exploration Society and was previously the Society’s archivist from 2013 to 2017. He has presented widely on aspects of the EES archive collections and was instrumental in the implementation of an archiving reference system and catalogue at the Society in 2014-15.


Bookings will close on Friday 7th May 2021. Only 30 tickets are available for this event. 

Register in advance using the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Skills sessions have a limited attendance capacity, so please only sign up if you’re confident that you can attend. We recommend that you join our online events using a PC or laptop.

This is a live session and will not be offered as a recording.

Please ensure that you have read our guide to attending EES online events before the event begins.

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