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Yates (Classical Archaeology)

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The Institute of Archaeology Library is also home to the Yates or Classical Archaeology collection. It has the prefix YATES in honour of James Yates (1789-1871), an antiquarian and collector whose will provided for the founding of the present collection.

The collection concentrates on Greece, covering the period from c. 2000 - 30 B.C. It is strong on the art and architecture of the Classical world and also (to a lesser extent) the art and architecture of the Mediterranean during the Hellenistic and Roman periods: pottery and vase painting, sculpture, numismatics, epigraphy, and architecture. A large number of excavation reports from the main Greek and Roman sites (e.g. Delphi, Samos, Delos, Olympia and Pompeii) and many important series such as: Corpus vasorum antiquorum, the basic study tool for all students of Greek pottery and vases, and Lexicon iconographicum mythologiae classicae are also included.

Yates books are divided into quartos and a main sequence, but also have their own classification system within the Institute Library, e.g.:

Vickers, Michael J.:  Ancient Greek pottery / Michael Vickers.
Oxford : Ashmolean Museum, 1999.

Item Status Due date Due hour Library site Classmark (shelf location) Collection Barcode
Standard Available   Archaeology YATES P 5 VIC   2805446772

The classification scheme also allows for excavation reports on individual sites to be shelved together, e.g.:

YATES QUARTOS E 12 DELO for all works published on the excavations in Delos including those of the Exploration archéologique de Délos faite parl'École française d'Athène. 

Journals covering Classical Archaeology are interfiled with other journals shelved in the Institute of Archaeology.

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