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William Buckland

(1784—1856) geologist and dean of Westminster


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(1784–1856) [Bi]

Early 19th‐century antiquary who was a leading exponent of catastrophism, which denied the antiquity of man and upheld the biblical account of the Flood. Buckland perpetuated this view despite having excavated the so‐called Red Lady in a cave at Paviland on the Gower peninsula of South Wales in 1823. A Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, he became Professor of Mineralogy and first reader in geology at Oxford in 1813. Subsequently he became Canon of Christ Church and in 1845 Dean of Westminster.

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E. O. Gordon, 1894, The life and correspondence of  William Buckland. London: John Murray

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography — Archaeology.


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