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Archaeology Behind the Battle Lines
The Macedonian Campaign (1915-19) and its Legacy

ISBN 9781138285255
Published September 21, 2017 by Routledge
398 Pages 80 Color & 108 B/W Illustrations

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This volume focuses on a formative period in the history and archaeology of northern Greece. The decade following 1912, when Thessaloniki became part of Greece, was a period marked by an extraordinary internationalism as a result of the population movements caused by the shifting of national borders and the troop movements which accompanied the First World War.

The papers collected here look primarily at the impact of the discoveries of the Army of the Orient on the archaeological study of the region of Macedonia. Resulting collections of antiquities are now held in Thessaloniki, London, Paris, Edinburgh and Oxford. Various specialists examine each of these collections, bringing the archaeological legacy of the Macedonian Campaign together in one volume for the first time.

A key theme of the volume is the emerging dialogue between the archaeological remains of Macedonia and the politics of Hellenism. A number of authors consider how archaeological interpretation was shaped by the incorporation of Macedonia into Greece. Other authors describe how the politics of the Campaign, in which Greece was initially a neutral partner, had implications both for the administration of archaeological finds and their subsequent dispersal. A particular focus is the historical personalities who were involved and the sites they discovered. The role of the Greek Archaeological Service, particularly in the protection of antiquities, as well as promoting excavation in the aftermath of the 1917 Great Fire of Thessaloniki, is also considered.

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Foreword: Archaeology Behind the Battle Lines

Michael Llewellyn-Smith


Andrew Shapland and Evangelia Stefani

  1. A Most Cosmopolitan Front: Defining Features of the Salonika Campaign 1915–1918
  2. Alan Wakefield

  3. National Ideology and the Management of Antiquities in Macedonia (Late Nineteenth – Early Twentieth Century)
  4. Evangelia Stefani

  5. Foreign Archaeologists in Greece in Time of War
  6. Richard Clogg

  7. Trenches, Borders and Boundaries. Prehistoric Research in Greek Macedonia
  8. Kostas Kotsakis

  9. The Excavations Conducted by the Service Archéologique de l’Armée d’Orient in Northern Greece: New Information from the Archives Kept in France
  10. Sophie Descamps-Lequime

  11. The British Salonika Force Collection at the British Museum
  12. Andrew Shapland, with an Appendix by Amelia Dowler

  13. The British Salonika Force, the British School at Athens, and the Archaic-Hellenistic Archaeology of Macedonia
  14. Catherine Morgan, with Appendices by Aude Mongiatti and Eleanor Blakelock, and Joanne Cutler, Margarita Gleba and Caroline Cartwright

  15. "Spy-Hunter" as Antiquary: Major A.G. Wade, Cultural Politics and the British Salonika Force collection at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford
  16. Yannis Galanakis

  17. Chauchitza at National Museums Scotland
  18. Margaret Maitland

  19. Write Home Salonica
  20. Diana Wardle

  21. The Formation of The Collection of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and the Exhibition "Archaeology Behind Battle Lines": A Dialogue
  22. Angeliki Koukouvou

  23. "In the Trenches": Old Sites, New Finds and the Early Neolithic Period in Macedonia, Greece

Anastasia Dimoula

13. Guvesne Revisited: A Century of British Engagement

K.A. Wardle

    1. Archaeology in Macedonia: Then and Now

Polyxeni Adam-Veleni


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Andrew Shapland is the Greek Bronze Age Curator in the Department of Greece and Rome at the British Museum, UK.

Evangelia Stefani is Head of the Department of Ceramics, Frescoes and Mosaics at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, Greece.