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William Greenwell

(1820—1918) archaeologist


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(1829–1918) [Bi]

British antiquary whose career as a minor canon of Durham cathedral allowed him to carry out an extensive programme of field investigations, mainly involving the excavation of barrows in England. His first barrow opening was at Chollerton, Northumberland, in December 1847, after which he went on to examine more than 230 over a period of 40 years or so. Much of his work was published in collaboration with G. Rolleston in British barrows (1887, Oxford: Clarendon Press).

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Archaeology.


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