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COLLECTION Identifier: 2015.6.1

C.C. Lamberg-Karlovsky Tepe Yahya expedition records

Scope and Contents

The Tepe Yahya expedition papers largely consist of field records and publication materials from C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky’s excavations in Tepe Yahya in Southeastern Iran. The expedition took place between 1968 and 1975, although the papers include additional materials from both before and after the excavations. He and his team recorded all items found on small finds cards, including drawings. He also supplemented these cards with field notebooks. Drawings were made on site by multiple artists who worked as part of the team to document the small finds and pottery items. Maps were drawn and photographs were taken to document the excavation sites as well as the surrounding land. Inked drawings of the artifacts, particularly ceramics, were produced and used as figures in the publications. Figures include site plans and stratigraphic profiles. Correspondence to and from Lamberg-Karlovsky regarding the excavations at Tepe Yahya as well as research proposals and analysis of artifacts and other materials from the site are also included in the collection.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1968-2001
  • Creation: 1935-2003


Conditions Governing Access

Student work restricted and redacted according to FERPA regulations

Conditions Governing Use

Harvard student work restricted and redacted according to FERPA regulations


14 linear feet

Biographical / Historical

Clifford Charles Lamberg-Karlovsky was born to Carl Othmar Graf von Lamberg and Bellina Karlovsky in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1937. He earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 1959, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964 and 1965. His Ph.D. research was on the development of metallurgy in the Near East, with a focus on the site of Hasanlu in northwest Iran. Dr. Lamberg-Karlovsky began teaching at Harvard University in 1965 as an Assistant Professor, began as a Professor of Anthropology in 1969, and in 1991 became the Stephen Phillips Professor of Anthropology and Ethnology. He was director of the Peabody Museum at Harvard from 1977 to 1990.

From 1968 to 1975 Dr. Lamberg-Karlovsky directed the archaeological excavations at Tepe Yahya in southeastern Iran. Originally an excavation was planned in Syria for the summer of 1967, but the project was cancelled as a result of the Seven-Day Arab-Israeli War. Having worked with a collection of artifacts from southeastern Iran and Baluchistan at the Peabody Museum, he obtained approval from the National Science Foundation and the Iranian Archaeological Service to instead conduct a survey in southeastern Iran in 1967. The site of Tepe Yahya was discovered during the survey, and excavations were conducted from 1968 to 1975. Five excavation areas were opened up on the south side of the mound in 1968 and they were designated by letters A-E. These areas were later expanded to include Areas AW, AN, ANW, AN2, AN3, AN4, ANE3, ANE4, BW, CW and CDE. Areas on the north side of the mound were opened up in 1970: XA, XB, XC, XC and XE. These were also expanded to include XBE and XCE. The site was found to have been occupied for more than five thousand years, ranging from the 4900-4500 B. C. (Period VIID) to the Parthian/Sasanian period (Period I, 200 B. C. – 225 A. D.).

Dr. Lamberg-Karlovsky worked to identify ceramics over a long chronological time span in a relatively unknown area. Several graduate students worked closely with him during the excavations, and these individuals were heavily involved in the publication of the results of the excavation in articles and monographs.

  1. Lamberg-Karlovsky, C. C. (1986). “The Tepe Yahya Project, 1967-1975,” American School of Prehistoric Research Bulletin 38:1-10.
  2. Lamberg-Karlovsky, C. C. (2001). “Excavations at Tepe Yahya: The Biography of a Project,” American School of Prehistoric Research Bulletin 45: ixx-xli.


C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky’s papers are organized into three series as follows:

  1. Field records, 1968-1973 (Box 1-13: Records kept during excavation, including personal field notebooks, pottery log books, plan books and small finds cards.)
  2. Correspondence, notes and reports, 1935-2001 (Box 14-17: Correspondence relating to fieldwork and analysis of materials excavated, analytical reports, and manuscripts of reports for publication.)
  3. Drawings and figures (Box 18-22: Drawings and figures of ceramics and other artifacts, maps, plans and stratigraphic profiles. Drawings of ceramics are grouped and identified by excavation areas designated by letters and/or by time period, designated by roman numerals. Upper Rud-i Gushk survey sites are identified by the letter R and a number.)
  4. Other archaeological projects (Box 23-24: Materials relating to archaeological projects other than the Tepe Yahya, Upper Rud-i Gushk Survey and Dasht-i Deh projects. Includes materials related to investigation of Mantai in Sri Lanka.)
  5. American School of Prehistoric Research (Box 24: Correspondence, proposals and reports relating to the American School of Prehistoric Research. The bulk of the materials are from the period of C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky directorship of the School.)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky, 6/1/2015

Related Materials

See TMS records for each individual oversize item (2015.6.2)

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Processed by:

Patricia Kervick, Kimberly Allegretto, Courtney Allen, and Ellen Rullo

Lamberg-Karlovsky, C.C., (1937-) Tepe Yahya expedition records, bulk 1968-2001, inclusive 1935-2003
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Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Museum Archives Repository

Papers in the Peabody Museum Archives consist of primary source materials that document the Museum’s archaeological and ethnographic research and fieldwork since its founding in 1866. More than 2,800 feet of archival paper collections contain documents, papers, manuscripts, correspondence, data, field notes, maps, plans, and other historical records that represent diverse peoples from around the world, and which were created or collected by the Museum, its individual affiliates, or related entities. The collections also document the history or provenience, as well as the creation of, many of the Museum’s archaeological and ethnographic collections.

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