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Sir Ellis Hovell Minns

(1874—1953) archaeologist and palaeographer


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(1874–1953) [Bi]

British archaeologist whose studies focused on eastern Europe. After school at Charterhouse he studied for the classical tripos at Pembroke College, Cambridge, opting for Slavonic and learning Russian. After a period in Paris he spent 1898 to 1901 working in the library of the Imperial Archaeological Commission in St Petersburg, mastering the literature on Russian archaeology. Following his return to Cambridge he was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Classics, a post he held until 1927, when he was appointed Disney Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology. Amongst his many publications are Scythians and Greeks (1913, Cambridge: CUP) and The art of the northern nomads (1944, London: H. Milford).

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Archaeology.


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