Creating Prehistory: Druids, Ley Hunters and Archaeologists by Adam Stout

By Adam Stout

Growing Prehistory bargains even-handedly and sympathetically with the construction of numerous differing types of prehistory in the course of the unstable interval among the 2 global Wars.Investigates the origins archaeology in Britain through the inter-war periodBrings to lifestyles many desirable and debatable personalities and their creeds, together with the archaeologists O. G. S. Crawford, Mortimer Wheeler and Gordon Childe; Grafton Elliot Smith and W. H. R. Rivers (of ‘Regeneration’ fame); Alfred Watkins and The previous instantly tune; and the thunderous George Watson Macgregor Reid, who introduced the Druids again to StonehengeExamines the construction of archaeological wisdom as a social strategy, and the connection among personalities, associations, ideology, and powerAddresses the continuing debates of the importance of websites akin to Stonehenge, Avebury, and Maiden fortress

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40 Wheeler (1890–1976) studied under Gardner at the University of London, and earned himself a place on the Royal Commission for Historical Monuments in England in 1913. In 1920, he became Keeper at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, and, in 1924, at the age of 33, Director. Wheeler was probably the best-known British archaeologist of the twentieth century, and his contribution to the institutionalization of the discipline was correspondingly huge. Like Crawford, he was a master of publicity: his achievements in using the popular media to build up a sizeable base of public interest and support for the new brand of archaeology will be examined in Chapter 16.

40 Wheeler (1890–1976) studied under Gardner at the University of London, and earned himself a place on the Royal Commission for Historical Monuments in England in 1913. In 1920, he became Keeper at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, and, in 1924, at the age of 33, Director. Wheeler was probably the best-known British archaeologist of the twentieth century, and his contribution to the institutionalization of the discipline was correspondingly huge. Like Crawford, he was a master of publicity: his achievements in using the popular media to build up a sizeable base of public interest and support for the new brand of archaeology will be examined in Chapter 16.

Cyril Fox, Wheeler’s successor at the National Museum, was elected Vice President, and the next year Childe joined him. This looks more like a steady takeover than ‘an agreed balance’, and it is significant that so many joined the Antiquaries’ inner sanctum after 1935, the year in which Wheeler became Vice-President. It is also very significant that 1935 was the year of the ‘coup’ within the Prehistoric Society, of which more anon. ‘Infiltration’ – Wheeler’s own word45 – seemed to be working. London Laboratory Getting the right kind of archaeology into the universities was even more important.

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