The knowledge of where an object came from, where it was found or made, is extremely valuable information when piecing together the history of the ancient world and interpreting ancient artefacts. As well as revealing clues about where and how the object was used, the object itself also enriches our understanding of the ancient site at which it was found. This is the fundamental concept behind archaeological investigation.
The ancient collections at the Fitzwilliam Museum have come from many different sources. Often the place where the ancient objects were first found is now unknown, because the original collector did not keep records, or because there have been several owners. But some objects have come from a well-recorded find spot, such as the excavation of an ancient site, while others were clearly made in a particular region, based on the technique or material used in their manufacture.
In these pages you will find some information about the major sites where objects from the Greek and Roman Collection were found. To see these sites on a map of the Mediterranean world click here (PDF, 1.24MB).