See existing examples, IndieWeb and others for ideas on how to design and implement your own archive navigation.
(please add some, preferably with screenshots!)
Examples of old pages, or old versions
- Anil Dash’s blog had a grid of months and years in the footer of each post, along with an "archives" page, until 2014
GitHub’s contribution activity graph (screenshot needed) visible on every GitHub profile is quite nice in terms of how much information it presents in a neat and orderly manner, using the x axis for week number, y axis for day of the week, and darkness of green for density of activity on a particular day.
The Slack activity display sent in email updates to Slack team owners provides an interesting approach that could be used to show and provide archive navigation: