Maurice Le Palud (Dura-Europos); excavation staff photographers
Photographic holdings in the Ancient Art Collection are a unique record of two Yale University archaeological excavations in the late 1920s and 1930s of the important ancient Graeco-Roman/Early Byzantine cities of Dura-Europos in Syria and Gerasa in Jordan. Materials include more than 15,000 negatives and approx. 7,500 prints (mostly from the negatives)
These photographs are part of a larger archive with other materials from the excavations. Excavations continue at both sites, and the Yale archive is a valuable resource for the excavators, other scholars, and students. The archive has been digitized and is available on ARTstor (http://www.artstor.org/). Photographs of objects found during excavation are linked to the collection database available online through the Gallery’s eCatalogue.