Book Series Archive Archaeology , vol. 2

The Ingholt Archive

The Palmyrene Material, Transcribed with Commentary and Bibliography

Olympia Bobou, Amy C. Miranda, Rubina Raja, Jean-Baptiste Yon

  • Pages:4 vols, 1600 p.
  • Size:300 x 240 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2022

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59822-2
  • Hardback
  • Forthcoming (Sep/22)

  • c. € 300,00 EXCL. VAT RETAIL PRICE


Olympia Bobou is an assistant professor at the Centre for Urban Network Evolutions, Aarhus University.

Amy Miranda is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Urban Network Evolutions, Aarhus University.

Rubina Raja is professor of Classical Archaeology and directs three projects on Palmyra: The Palmyra Portrait Project; Archive Archaeology: Preserving and Sharing Palmyra’s Cultural Heritage through Harald Ingholt’s Digital Archive; and Circular Economy and Urban Sustainability in Antiquity. She specialises in the archaeology of the Mediterranean and the Levant and has published widely on Palmyra and the region in general.

Jean-Baptiste Yon is researcher at the CNRS, IFPO in Beirut, Lebanon and a world-leading expert on Palmyrene Aramaic and Palmyrene culture.


For a period of over 50 years, from his first visit to Palmyra in the 1920s until the late 1970s, Danish archaeologist Harald Ingholt carefully collected and curated a detailed archive of Palmyrene sculpture, architecture, and epigraphy. Containing approximately 2000 images, each archive sheet contains handwritten annotations on Palmyrene funerary art, transcribes and translates inscriptions, includes detailed observations on object style and dating, and provides bibliographical information for each sculpture. As such, this archive is a treasure trove of information on Palmyrene sculpture, architecture, and epigraphy. Moreover, Ingholt’s notes go beyond shedding light on the creation of these sculptures, and also provide rich information about their more recent histories: object biographies offer details on provenance, collection history, and excavation photography. In doing so, they offer unique insights into twentieth-century excavation, conservation, and collection practices.
    Since 1983, Ingholt’s archive has been housed at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, Denmark, and then, from 2012 onwards, the archive took digital shape within the framework of the  Palmyra Portrait Project at Aarhus University. Now available in print for the first time, the Ingholt Archive is here presented in its entirety as a lavishly illustrated four-volume set. The authors have transcribed and commented upon each sheet in the archive, provided new translations of the inscriptions that accompany the sculptures, and compiled an updated bibliography for each item. This unique set is published together with a detailed introduction, thirteen concordances, and a bibliography, making it an invaluable resource for researchers in the field.


List of Illustrations

The Ingholt Archive. Making Palmyra’s Cultural Heritage Accessible

Works Cited

Publications by the project Archive Archaeology: Preserving and Sharing Palmyra’s Cultural Heritage through Harald Ingholt’s Digital Archives and the Palmyra Portrait Project

The Ingholt Archive

Appendix 1. Sheets without a PS Number                                                                                                  Appendix 2. Additional portraits
Appendix 3. Views of architecture
Appendix 4. Miscellaneous
Concordance 1. In situ contexts
Concordance 2. Object locations
Concordance 3. Unknown collections
Concordance 4. Objects with unknown locations
Concordance 5. Unpublished portraits
Concordance 6. Inscriptions
Concordance 7. Unpublished inscriptions
Concordance 8. Greek and Latin names
Concordance 9. Object dates
Condordance 10. Object typologies
Concordance 11. Folders and their contents and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Concordance 12. Ingholt and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek PS numbers
Concordance 13. Palmyra Portrait Project database numbers


Works Cited

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