2 Become 1

A short blog on archaeology, tourism and information panels inspired by a trip to a Neolithic Stone Row in Ireland.

The Getaway

The N71 towards Kenmare (the Caha Pass) offers the fastest escape from the kitsch of Glengarriff; it’s views of the stark Beara Peninsula a welcome tonic after overpriced  sweaters and Guinness branded tin whistles.

There’s also a a Siren call to holidaying archaeologists: a brown sign to a Neolithic Stone Row. Continue reading

The Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxfordshire and…The General (part 3)

THE GENERAL

The General in the title is Lieutenant-General Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers, the extraordinary archaeologist whose vast accumulation of objects formed the founding collection of the Pitt Rivers Museum. This post deals with his work in Oxfordshire. If at any point you would like to know more about the objects you can search the Museum’s online object collections database using the accession numbers provided in the text.

This is an earlier version of the text on pages 281-5 of World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization that expands slightly on the partial destruction of Dorchester Dykes and their role in the genesis of the 1882 Ancient Monuments Act.  I’ve decided to post this because – with the heritage sector under increasing pressure –  it can be beneficial to remember what a world without professionalization, guidance and legislative protection looked like. If you would like to cite anything here then please find what you require in the finished chapter.

You can read my introduction here, the chapter itself here and my concluding thoughts here.

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