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

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He could have left his vicarage after a not-too-early breakfast and been at the Society's premises comfortably by mid-afternoon. He would almost certainly have stayed the night in town, but, had he wished to do so, he could have returned to Exeter overnight on the mail train. The Exeter- London railway link was completed in 1844. Before that, it was a hundred and seventy weary, 44 A Social History of Archaeology bumpy miles by coach, necessitating at the very least an extra twenty-four hours and another night in London for the round trip.

And of how many of today's scholars and archaeologists could that be truthfully said? The Victorians and their Societies 4. The Right R ev . G. F. Browne, died 1930. 29 'Other archaeologists did not agree with his conclusions, but they were formed after close study and, though often expressed dogmatically, were always provocative of thought and further study. '(p. ) 30 A Social History of Archaeology 1851 Dr Panagiotes Kavvadias 18 d. ' Born in Cephalonia, he studied archaeology in Munich, Berlin and Paris.

Before the slaughter of branch lines and the wholesale closure of stations in the 1950s, Britain was wonderfully well provided with railway services and connections, as many people still remember with nostalgia. This splendid network, one of Victorian England's greatest technical and social achievements, gave anyone who had the time and could afford the fare an opportunity to explore their own country to an extent that had never been possible before. The local archaeological societies took full advantage of the possibilities offered and the Excursion became one of the most important features of their programme.

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