Controversial archaeologist Schliemann joins Murray exhibition
Items relating to one of the 19th century's most famous and controversial archaeologists are on display at the National Library.
Heinrich Schliemann (1822-1890) caused a stir in the archaeological world over his claims about discoveries in Greece and Turkey. His finds at Mycenae and Troy proved, he said, that Homer's tales of the Trojan wars were real.
Among the new exhibits in the John Murray Archive exhibition are:
- Letters from Schliemann to his publisher, John Murray
- An annotated photograph of his famous 'Mask of Agamemnon'
- Theatrical props to help bring the archaeologist's story to life.
The letters cast light on Schliemann's state of mind around the time of his Mycenae excavations. They also reveal the difficult process of the production of his book 'Mycenae and Tiryns' (1878).
16 April 2010