The Formative Century, 1860–1960

Robin Boast

in The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199271016
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

The Formative Century, 1860–1960

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This article examines the formative years of archaeology during the period from 1860 to 1960. It discusses changes in the definition of archaeology and its achievement of professional and institutional status during this period. It highlights the founding of the British Archaeological Association (BAA) 1843 by Charles Roach Smith and Thomas Wright and the use of the term archaeology instead of antiquarianism to refer to the study of the ancient past through its material remains.

Keywords: archaeology; professional status; institutional status; BAA; Charles Roach Smith; Thomas Wright; antiquarianism

Article.  10931 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; History and Theory of Archaeology

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