Journal Article

In his own right: Dr Edwin Hamilton Davis and the Davis collection of American antiquities

Terry A. Barnhart

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 16, issue 1, pages 59-87
Published in print May 2004 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online May 2004 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/16.1.59
In his own right: Dr Edwin Hamilton Davis and the Davis collection of American antiquities

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The Edwin Hamilton Davis collection of American antiquities is a significant record of the prehistoric people known as the Hopewell – a Woodland Indian culture that flourished in present-day Ohio from c.100 BC to AD 500. The circumstances in which the collection originated and those that eventually brought it to the British Museum represent a significant chapter in the history of archaeology and Davis's place within the nineteenth-century intellectual tradition of antiquarianism and collecting. The collection embodies his legacy as an archaeological investigator and a connoisseur of American aboriginal art.

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Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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