Giza Archaeological Expedition Archive (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Giza: Menkaure Pyramid Complex, 1907. Image and data from: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has contributed approximately 22,200 images of excavation photographs from archaeological sites in Giza, Egypt, to the Artstor Digital Library.

In 2000, with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the museum embarked on a project to preserve, digitize, and make available online its Giza Archives. The archives present exhaustive photographs and records from the Old Kingdom Giza Necropolis (dating from about 2500 BCE) -- thousands of tombs, temples, and artifacts. These images were produced by digitizing the original glass plate negatives produced during the “Harvard-MFA Expedition,” from 1902-1942. They provide views of the Giza pyramids, interiors of excavated monuments, objects and human remains in their original find spots, individual artifacts, workers at dig sites, interiors of excavated monuments, and Egyptians in early 20th-century Giza and Cairo. 

Open since 1876, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, houses an encyclopedic range of artistic and cultural objects -- nearly 500,000 from around the world and across the ages. The museum's extensive collection of Egyptian art is among the finest in the world. Much of it derives from archeological excavations sponsored by the museum. The longest-running of these took place at the Giza Necropolis.