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The Miletus Archive at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Since 1989 the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the excavations of the ancient city of Miletus are closely connected. Since then the institute has maintained a Miletus archive. The archive consists of all available text and graphic documentation of the more than a century long excavation history of Miletus.

The Inventory

The original materials from the first excavations, held by Theodor Wiegand (1899-1933) and Carl Weickert (1938-1959), are kept in the Pergamon Museum and German Archaeological Institute in Berlin, but are available as copies in the Miletus archive. That includes, among others, the first topographical surveys of the urban area by C. Humann before the beginning of the excavations as well as the complete series of the site notebooks. It was possible to transfer the documentations of the years 1960-1988 from Frankfurt on the Main respectively Instanbul to Bochum. Since then the records were added to the Miletus under the supervision of Volkmar von Graeve from the institute of Archaeological Studies of the RUB. In the summer of 2014 there will be a new research project directed by Christof Berns with its focus on Romano-Hellenistic housing development on the Humeitepe whereby the collections of the Miletus archive will increase. Among the photographic collections are photo prints, negatives, photo cardboards, diapositives as well as glass plates of older excavations. Furthermore the archive stores research plans and drawings of Miletus.

The Role of the Archive

The Miletus archive has two main roles: firstly it is an important depository for the documentations of ongoing researches. Secondly, with regard to the long tradition of excavations and its relevance, the old stock should be accessible for external researchers. Continuous maintenance is necessary for the preservation of this kind of archive and that encompasses the ongoing digitalisation of the archival materials.

For further information please contact:

Prof. Dr. Christof Berns
Sabine Huy, M.A.

+49 (0)234-3229902

Wednesday: 10-18:00h
Thursday: 10-18:00h
Friday: 9-13:00h