British antiquary whose main contribution to the development of archaeological thought was his discovery of Acheulian handaxes and associated remains at Hoxne in Suffolk. He recognized the great antiquity of these finds, but his ideas were in advance of his time and his conclusions were ignored. The finds are reported in Archaeologia for 1800, along with the arguments for the early dating of the material. Frere was a Fellow of the Royal Society.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology in Oxford Reference.