The Crown Princess attends research history conference
The Crown Princess arrives at the conference. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/Scanpix
On Friday 31 May, The Crown Princess attended the research history conference "Swedes in the Mediterranean — the archaeological Crown Prince and Swedish antiquity research from a historical perspective" at the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm.
The Crown Princess was welcomed by Sanne Houby-Nielsen, Director General of the National Museums of World Culture, Suzanne Unge Sörling, Director of the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, and curator Kristian Göransson. The following talks were then given: Archaeologists in Athens in the 1890s By Professor Gullög Nordquist from the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University. "Campaigns and living out of suitcases" — archaeological self-images and bourgeois masculinity around the turn of the twentieth century By Ingrid Berg MA from the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University. The excavations of the Swedish Cyprus Expedition at Agia Irini in the light of British colonial rule By Director General Dr. Sanne Houby-Nielsen from the National Museums of World Culture. The Swedish Cyprus Expedition 1927-1931: The significance of Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf before, during and after the excavations By Dr. Kristian Göransson from the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities. Your Royal Highness! H.R.H. The Crown Prince, Chairman By Dr. Frederick Whitling from the Swedish Institute in Rome. Persson, the Crown Prince and the Bronze Age kings By Associate Professor Ann-Louise Schallin from the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Lund University.
About the conference
The aim of the conference was to investigate the influence and impact of individual players on Swedish research into classical antiquity. The conference spanned the period from the 18th century to the 1970s, covering the geographical area around the Mediterranean where Swedish research and teaching have been carried out.
King Gustaf VI Adolf
King Gustaf VI Adolf was a committed and knowledgeable archaeologist, and visited Italy on a number of occasions to take part in excavations, particularly from the ancient Etruscan communities around Viterbo near Rome. He also visited Greece and the Middle East. He carried out his first excavation at the age of sixteen, under the direction of the then director-general of the National Heritage Board Hans Hildebrand at Tullgarn Palace. King Gustaf VI Adolf's honours included being awarded honorary membership of the British Academy in 1953. He was also named honorary doctor at the Royal Institute of Technology in 1944 and the University of London on 22 July 1960, and honorary member of the Pontifical Academy of Archaeology in July 1960.