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The Study of British Archæology

Nature volume 127, pages 429430 (21 March 1931) | Download Citation



ARCHAEOLOGICAL studies, like many other things, have changed greatly since the War. They have now passed definitely and finally from the province of the antiquarian and the dilettante. In Great Britain, science, at least in certain of its branches, has always been the playground of the amateur; and archaeology perhaps more than any other of these studies, except perhaps astronomy, owes much to his efforts. But long before the War it had been made evident that archaeological exploration demanded more than merely the opportunity and the means—for digging is an expensive business—to open up a burial mound or a prehistoric settlement. It needs but a glance through the pages of an archaeological publication with a long run, such as Archceologia, for the last thirty or forty years, to appreciate the vast amount of excellent work that has been done in Great Britain on thoroughly sound lines by men who were scientific in method if in status they were amateur.

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