A research platform for digitized archaeological collections and archives at the Swedish Institutes in Athens, Rome and Istanbul
Common Ground is a project that unites the Swedish Institutes in Athens, Istanbul and Rome in the creation of a joint digital platform for Swedish archaeological research in the Mediterranean. It is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. Through intensive inventory and registration work, material from Swedish archaeological projects in Greece, Italy and Turkey, including finds and significant documentation from the a number of important excavations.
Archaeology in Greece
Swedish archaeologists conducted excavations in Greece long before the Swedish Institute at Athens was officially recognized as a foreign archaeological school with the right to conduct its own excavations in 1975. Hence, the field documentation from the early excavations often ended up in private archives in Sweden, while the finds were dispersed in different museums in Greece and Sweden. The PRAGMATA database was developed within the project Archive and Database of Swedish Archaeological Research in Greece, a collaboration between The Swedish Institute at Athens, Museum Gustavianum in Uppsala and the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University.
Archaeology in Italy
At the Swedish Institute in Rome, the project focuses on digitizing documentation from the well known excavations in Etruria, for example San Giovenale, Luni sul Mignone and Acquarossa. Our archive contains a wealth of material such as field journals, drawings and photographs. Through this project we ensure the long-term survival of the information and at the same time make it easier for scholars to do their research.