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Elias Ashmole

Overview page. Subjects: Archaeology — Literature.

(1617–92),

antiquarian and astrologer. His chief work was The Institution, Laws and Ceremonies of the Order of the Garter (1672). In 1682 he presented his collection of...

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gilt

Overview page. Subjects: Bibliography — Archaeology.

[Ge]

The application of a thin layer of gold paint or gold leaf over a base‐metal, stone, plaster, wooden, or clay former or ornamental feature.

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Homeric Hymns

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Archaeology.

[Ge]

Songs in praise of gods, such as the Hymn to Apollo. They are not composed by Homer, nor even belonging to his time, but are carefully written in the Homeric epic style by...

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Jamestown

Overview page. Subjects: Archaeology — Literature.

Capital of Virginia (1607–98), situated on what is now an island but was formerly a peninsula in the James River, about 40 miles above Norfolk. The first permanent English settlement within...

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John Mitchell Kemble

Overview page. Subjects: Archaeology — Literature.

(1807–57) [Bi]

British philologist and historian whose studies concentrated attention on Anglo‐Saxon language and history. Among his publications were a major edition of the poem...

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pointille

Overview page. Subjects: Archaeology — Bibliography.

[De]

A type of dotted decoration applied to metalwork with a small pointed punch.

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Thomas Wright

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(1810–77) [Bi]

English antiquary who spent his life editing medieval manuscripts. While an undergraduate at Cambridge he published A history of Essex (1831–6), incorporating...

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Vinland Map

Overview page. Subjects: Archaeology — Bibliography.

[Do]

Parchment map of the ‘unknown world’, now in Yale University Library. It was published in 1965, but purportedly dating to c.ad 1440, showing the ‘island’ of Vinland where...

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