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Archaeology and Animals – The Second Temple of Hera, Paestum*

The celebrated Second Temple of Hera, built in the 5th century BC at the Greek colony at Paestum, Italy, is the cover image for our 2018 calendar. Mis-identified as the Temple of Poseidon on our lantern slide, the temple was one of several impressive structures within the Greek colonial city. It now stands within the […]

2018 Calendar: Lost Vistas III: Animals and Archaeology

All these lovely images from the HEIR database could be yours to keep you cheerful through the year. To buy the new HEIR calendar (spiral bound A4 size), come to the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford, or go to the University’s on-line shop. All proceeds go to support further digitization and curation of the HEIR archive. […]

‘Then’ and ‘Now’ – exploring change

Then: 1894 Horse-drawn wagons pick their way through the floods of November 1894 towards the city, along the road into Oxford. Parts of the low-lying Abingdon Road lie over the 30-arched Norman bridge which gave its name to the area: Grandpont. The Norman bridge in turn replaced an earlier, Anglo-Saxon causeway. The sturdy brick-built terraced […]

The enigmatic church doorway at Stillingfleet, Yorkshire

A 19th century photograph of a famous medieval door, now removed, restored and rehung Martin Rush (aka HEIRtagger Boarshill) posted a comment on this lantern slide image (HEIR id 43942) as a good example of a ‘lost’ view (though for sound conservation reasons): “St Helen’s, Stillingfleet parish church – about 10 miles east of the A1 and […]

Burial place of Saints and Kings

A little while ago, HEIRtagger BoarsHill rephotographed some of our images on a trip to Northumberland, and filled us in on the story behind some of the sites. This is the beautiful image of Tynemouth Priory from the History of Art Department’s collection. BoarsHill commented that this is an important place: “Tynemouth castle, on the north […]

The 35mm crisis

The Society of Antiquaries has a newsletter, Salon. Recent editions of the newsletter have included discussions about what to do with the problem of 35mm slides, ranging from advice about how to choose which ones to throw away, to instructions on turning them into a fetching lampshade. Why are 35mm slides a problem, you might […]

Lifting the lid… an art history perspective

Happy New Year! The first post of 2017 is written by guest blogger Nathan Geyer, a second year undergraduate History of Art student from St Catherine’s College . Nathan has been working with HEIR on an internship placement. It has been fascinating to see the synergy between art history and the archives here at the Institute of Archaeology… Like […]

Then and Now: the Vindolanda Milestone

HEIR was created to help us understand monuments in changing landscapes. Your photographs showing ‘then’ and ‘now’ are giving a new insight into how the environment changes perceptions of what monuments are for. Martin Rush has been travelling in north England and sent us a rephotograph of HEIR ID 36501 (an image from Passmore’s lantern slide […]

We Get By with a Little Help from Our Friends

One of the delights of being part of the University of Oxford is discovering the sheer breadth as well as the depth of the collective knowledge of individuals here. We were recently reminded how great this range is when we came across this image in the HEIR Project archive from the Plant Science Collection of the Radcliffe […]

Comparing the past and the present: a room full of hypocaust pillars

This is an image from the Institute of Archaeology’s lantern slide collection of the Roman Villa at Chedworth, Gloucestershire. This lantern slide was made and sold by local commercial photographer Henry Taunt. Taunt (1842-1922) mainly photographed in Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley, and was a pioneer in both landscape and archaeological photography. HEIRtagger Martin Rush […]