Despite the fact that it largely came into place more than a century ago it has to rank as one of the least-known. Now thanks to the digital age, the museum collection of the American Academy in Rome (AAR) is finally coming into its own.

It comprises more than 5,000 artefacts in all, many now viewable on the website nvb.aarome.org. For pottery, there is everything from Greek geometric vases of the eighth century BC to late Roman ware. And that