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Machteld J. Mellink Photographs

These images were digitized from Machteld J. Mellink's collection of 35 mm Kodachrome slides, taken in Turkey, Greece, Syria, Cyprus, Iraq, and Iran between the 1950s and the 1990s. The project was made possible with the financial and logistical assistance of ARTstor ( This digital collection was selected and cataloged by Stella Diakou, Nicole Finzer, and Camilla MacKay; the cataloging is based mostly on Machteld Mellink's handwritten slide labels.

Machteld J. Mellink (1917-2006)
Machteld J. Mellink taught in the department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College for five decades. Born in Amsterdam, she received her doctorate from the University of Utrecht in 1943. After commencing her teaching career at Bryn Mawr in 1949, she served as chair of the archaeology department from 1955 until 1983. She received the Leslie Clark Chair in the Humanities in 1972.  Professor Mellink was known internationally for her leadership in the archaeology of Turkey, and defended its cultural heritage against looting and illegal export. She excavated at Tarsus and Gordion in Turkey, and in 1963 became director of the excavation of the Early Bronze Age habitation and cemetery at Elmali-Karatas in southern Turkey. Her numerous publications include Kizilbel: An Archaic Painted Tomb Chamber in Northern Lycia, annual accounts of new archaeological discoveries in Turkey in the American Journal of Archaeology from 1955 to 1994, “Anatolian Chronology” in Chronologies in Old World Archaeology and various edited volumes. Professor Mellink’s accomplishments have been honored with an honorary LLD from the University of Pennsylvania, the Gold Medal from the Archaeological Institute of America in 1991, awards from the Ministry of Culture of Turkey and the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching from Bryn Mawr College.

Obituary in AIA

These images have been made public for non-commercial use. High-quality downloads (tiffs) of these images will be available through ARTstor later in 2008. Please contact Camilla MacKay ( with any questions.

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The images included in this collection are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.


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