The Story of the British Museum, £8.99
Height: 44.000 cm
Width: 28.000 cm
Depth: 4.000 cm
Frontispiece from Revd James Douglas, Nenia Britannica, a book
Published in London, 1793
Antiquary, archaeologist or engineer?
Modern archaeology owes a great debt to the
pioneering work of Revd James Douglas. He was one of the first
Douglas began studying the past while serving in the army in the Corps of Engineers. In 1779 he was engaged to supervise the reworking of Chatham Lines, the earthworks that defended Chatham Docks in Kent. During this work nearly a hundred ancient barrows were opened. Douglas meticulously recorded and drew plans of each. He also amassed a large collection that later entered the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
the army Douglas entered the Church and began to study the funeral
customs of the ancient Britons. Using his knowledge of geology, he
was able to apply the principles of
K. Sloan (ed.), Enlightenment. Discovering the (London, The British Museum Press, 2003)
B.M. Marsden, Pioneers of Prehistory. Leader (Ormskirk, G.W. & A. Hesketh, 1983)