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William Pengelly

(1812—1894) geologist and archaeologist


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(1812–94) [Bi]

English schoolteacher and amateur geologist who excavated at Kent's Cavern, Devon, in the 1840s and 1850s, and at Windmill Hill Cave, Brixham, Devon, in 1858–9. Both excavations confirmed the association of early stone tools with the bones of extinct animals below layers of naturally formed stalagmite, and thus played a critical role in establishing the antiquity of man.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Archaeology.


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