New Hope for a Forgotten City
The renaissance of a Greco-Roman metropolis after a century of neglect
Assos Online Tour
A virtual visit to Assos with the photography of Haldun Aydıngün
The Assos Journals of Francis H. Bacon
Edited by Lenore O. Keene Congdon
Extracts from the journal of Francis H. Bacon, one of the Assos expedition leaders, appeared in the April 1974 issue of ARCHAEOLOGY. Those are republished here, illustrated with a selection of photographs and drawings from his monumental publication of the excavation, Investigations at Assos.
Assos and Early AIA Excavations
In 1968, the Archaeological Institute of America contemplated a resumption of fieldwork. An article titled "Return to Assos" in the April issue of ARCHAEOLOGY that year summarized the history of early AIA excavations, the reasons they were discontinued, and the benefits of digging again. Ultimately, plans to return to Assos did not come to fruition and the site has been investigated instead by a Turkish expedition since 1981.
"Americans in the East": Francis Henry Bacon, Joseph Thacher Clarke, and the AIA at Assos
Susan Heuck Allen's history of Francis Henry Bacon, Joseph Thacher Clarke, and the AIA at Assos, which originally appeared in the book Excavating Our Past, is now available online. Of the two youthful directors of the excavation dispatched by AIA President Charles Eliot Norton in 1881, one would set professional standards for architectural plans and renderings for his own and future generations, while the other would be accused by colleagues of being a "libertine," a "charlatan," and an "unmitigated evil."