Excavations of Olbia in the Archäologischer Anzeiger (late 19th – early 20th century)

Keywords: History of Archeology, Olbia, the Archäologischer Anzeiger, early 20th century, B.V. Farmakovskyi

Abstract

Representatives of the archaeological community of the 19th – early 20th century including scholars, specializing in the study of antiquities of the Northern Black Sea region, closely cooperated with each other, exchanging information about the conducted researches on the pages of not only home but also foreign publications. At the same time, the historiography of publications devoted to archaeological studies of the Northern Black Sea region in European editions of the late 19th – early 20th century is practically absent. Thus, taking into account the increased interest in the history of archaeological science formation, as well as the study of the excavations results of the early 20th century at a new scientific and methodological level, such research appears to be sufficiently reasonable.

The paper deals with notes on the pages of the German journal Archäologischer Anzeiger, devoted to the excavations of Olbia, from 1891 to 1913. Their content, information about the authors is described, also it is indicated that the part of the information, published there had no analogues in the home publications of the same period.

In 1891, G. Loeschcke published an article about the purchase of findings from Olbia by the University of Bonn. In 1897, a note, devoted to the archaeological assemblages of the Northern Black Sea region, written by H. Dragendorff, was published. In 1899 and 1901-1903 the information on archaeological findings was published by G. E. Kizeritskyi. But the most detailed information about the excavations of Olbia was published by their author, B.V. Farmakovskyi, who provided information about archaeological researches conducted by him in 1903-1913. Notes of B.V. Farmakovskyi comprise a textual description of what was studied in the past year and photographs, not all of which were included in Russian-language publications, for example, the Reports of the Archaeological Commission (RAC) and News of the Archaeological Commission (NAC).

New information on excavations and findings, their photographs, besides historiographic interest, are also important because some inventory numbers of the artifacts were subsequently lost. New information, gained from foreign publications, can help in their identification. Therefore, the publications of the excavations results in the Archaeological Bulletin are of not only historiographic but also of practical interest, allowing to find out new or to clarify the available information on the excavations of Olbia in early 20th century.

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Published
07.04.2019
How to Cite
Kuzmishchev, O. (2019). Excavations of Olbia in the Archäologischer Anzeiger (late 19th – early 20th century). EMINAK: Scientific Quarterly Journal, (1(25), 54-64. https://doi.org/10.33782/eminak2019.1(25).209
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Archaelogy

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