The pieces included here represent part of the antiquities collection of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, most of which were donated to the Institute in its first decade of operations. As a center specializing in ancient world, the Institute was especially attractive for such bequest. In 1973 it embarked on a 1.1 million dollar capital campaign to house its growing collection in a multi-use facility featuring a museum and adjacent to its home on Dartmouth. A brick and mortar edifice was never realized, but advances in technology have made it possible to virtually realize the vision of a museum and put the some of the collection on permanent, albeit digital, exhibition.
The artifacts found here are largely eastern Mediterranean in provenance, originating from ancient Greece, Cyprus, Anatolia, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, and neighboring regions. A fair proportion of the collection dates to the Bronze Age, but every period thereafter is represented up to the fourth century of the current era. Although mostly earthenware in nature, other artifacts include objects of glass, ceramic, stone, and metal. In particular, the collection features some very nice examples of Cypriote ware uncovered by the Cyprus Mines Corporation. There is currently no public access to the IAC collection other than the images represented here. In the near future, the Institute hopes to transfer the collection to a museum within the Claremont Consortium where the artifacts might be available for the public’s pleasure.