Miscellaneous Near Eastern Negatives collection

Scope and Content

Various images relating to the archaeology of the near east attributed to John Garstang, including images of deities (JG/X/1); maps and plans (JG/X/2); tablets (JG/X/3); Hittite sculpture (JG/X/4); line drawings (JG/X/5); general views (JG/X/6); excavation sites (JG/X/7); duplicates (JG/X/8); and negative boxes (JG/X/9).


This subfonds was formerly referenced MISC. Many of the negatives were discovered to have originally been filed within other photographic collections related to John Garstang. Therefore it was decided to removed these negatives and return them to their correct place in the collection. The remaining images are largely slide negatives or negative with no clear provenance.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The majority of the negatives are in good condition. Some negatives have previously been broken or the emulsion is flaking away from the glass. Seriously damaged negatives are stored separately from the main collection and the originals can no longer be accessed.

Archivist's Note

This collection was catalogued in 2010 by interns who were digitizing the images for ‘The Lost Gallery: John Garstang and the Discovery of the Hittite World’ project funded by a ‘Your Heritage’ grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in August-September 2010. The collection was renumbered in 2015 as part of the 'Ancient Egypt in Focus' project. Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000. The collection was indexed by personal name using the National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997. The collection was indexed by place name using data from the GeoNames geographical database which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Conditions Governing Use

The 1905 annual report of the Institute of Archaeology records that Garstang transferred the rights of everything he collected to the Institute and therefore the majority of the original photographs are the copyright of the Garstang Museum. In most case the other images were taken from books which are no longer in copyright or were taken over 70 years ago by unknown photographers. Some images cannot be published because the copyright status is unknown or not yet expired. All the digital images are copyright of the University of Liverpool.


Many of the images appear to be photographs of gallery proofs which were published in John Garstang publications and has been noted in individual descriptions.