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Augustus Pitt-Rivers' early archaeology finds studied

  • 10 October 2012
  • From the section Oxford
General Augustus Pitt-Rivers
General Augustus Pitt-Rivers established the museum in 1884

The finds of a pioneering Victorian archaeologist are to be studied for the first time at an Oxford Museum.

General Augustus Pitt-Rivers unearthed prehistoric, Roman and medieval objects around the UK in the 1860s and 70s.

The Pitt Rivers Museum has been awarded £76,654 by Arts Council England to document his earliest discoveries.

Project leader Dan Hicks said the artefacts "connect with sites, landscapes and communities across the country".

The objects come from more than 50 sites across the UK including Caesar's Camp castle in Folkstone, Kent, Bronze Age barrows in Yorkshire and Iron Age hill forts in Sussex.

The "Excavating Pitt Rivers" project will collaborate with local archaeologists in the places they were excavated.

Pitt Rivers Museum was founded in 1884 with 18,000 objects donated by the general which he amassed during his military career.

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