Sir John Evans

(1823—1908) archaeologist, numismatist, and paper manufacturer

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(1823–1908) [Bi]

British businessman and antiquary, probably one of the greatest and last of his generation, whose work in the late 19th century focused on recording and documenting many different kinds of artefacts. Brought up in Market Bosworth, he trained in Germany to join the family paper-making firm of Dickinsons. His interests in archaeology developed at an early age; he joined the Numismatic Society when he was 26 and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries when he was 29. In 1864 he published Coins of the ancient Britons (London: Longworth) and joined international debates on the age and human origin of early flint tools. His two greatest works, Ancient stone implements of Great Britain (1871; 2nd edition, 1897, London: Longmans) and Ancient bronze implements, weapons, and ornaments of Great Britain and Ireland (1881, London: Longmans), remain important sources to this day.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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