A Social History of Archaeology: The British Experience by Kenneth Hudson (auth.)

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For those who were members of the various county archaeological societies during the second half of the nineteenth century, the proportion was undoubtedly far lower. So far as the Victorians were concerned, the excavator was simply one of many possible kinds of antiquary, neither higher nor lower in the scale than the rest. The interests of these men, who represented very well what was thought of as archaeology at that time, were remarkably varied -lake dwellings, liturgical texts, metallurgy, wills, genealogy, objets d'art, arms and armour, printing, monumental brasses, medieval churches.

It was a good choice. 'His patience and resource, backed with a serene sense of humour, carried him successfully through a long and difficult task, and the troubles and hindrances which the great undertaking experienced were in no sense due to any action of his. ' 'Through constrained by the circumstances of his life to be a man of affairs, Page was essentially a scholar and historian; nothing would have been more congenial to him than a learned leisure. ' The remark about 'learned leisure'. is significant.

Died 1937 (on left of picture). Q.. ~ 8 ~ jS• n ~ - ~ N N The Victorians and their Societies 23 were always provocative of thought and further study. ' He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1888. ' 'For many years he was a great figure in the University of Cambridge. His regular work was that of Secretary of the Local Examinations and Lectures Syndicate, which included both branches of the University's extra-mural work. ' 1835 Robert Munro 6 d. 1920 Munroe was born in Ross-shire and qualified as a doctor at the University of Edinburgh.

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