|The Ashmolean Museum
Oxford OX1 2PH
Tel. + 44 1865 278000
Fax. + 44 1865 278018
Museum, which is one of the central institutions of the University
of Oxford, was founded in 1683 and is Britain's oldest public museum.
Its collections cover the entire range of European and Near Eastern archaeology
(including numismatics), and have been accumulated over 300 years during
which the Museum has played a pioneer role in the growth of the subject.
It also houses collections of Oriental and European fine art, and casts
of antique sculpture. (Other institutions of the University of Oxford
with archival materials relevant to the history of archaeology are the
Bodleian library, the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Institute of Archaeology
and the Beazley Archive).
On the Ashmolean
Museum and its history, see:
The goal of this project is to publish the important early documents concerning the Neolithic funerary and ceremonial monuments of the Département of the Morbihan, compiled by British visitors during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These documents provide a unique record of the state of these structures at a time when the landscape was more open, and before the extensive changes consequent upon agricultural improvement and rural development. The set of remarkably accurate plans executed by the English antiquarian team of Sir Henry Dryden and the Reverend W.C. Lukis between 1864 and 1872, which remained unpublished for lack of public subscription, would now be among the classic 19th-century collections of archaeological material, had they appeared at the time in monographic form. The present project will integrate all the existing British documentation, published and unpublished, in a single catalogue, together with a commentary on its historical and archaeological significance, in the context of recent research. It will provide the first integration of accurate, modern plans with the fuller records of the undisturbed state of these monuments, as they appeared 100-170 years ago.
On early studies
of Morbihan megaliths, see:
(top) A view of the Kerlescant alignments, looking northeast, by H. Dryden, August 1869, Ashmolean Museum.
(bottom) Section of two joining sheets of the Kerlescant alignments, Dryden / Lukis survey, 1867-9, Ashmolean Museum