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By Adam Stout

Developing Prehistory offers even-handedly and sympathetically with the production of numerous different types of prehistory through the risky interval among the 2 international Wars.Investigates the origins archaeology in Britain in the course of the inter-war periodBrings to lifestyles many desirable and debatable personalities and their creeds, together with the archaeologists O. G. S. Crawford, Mortimer Wheeler and Gordon Childe; Grafton Elliot Smith and W. H. R. Rivers (of ‘Regeneration’ fame); Alfred Watkins and The previous immediately tune; and the thunderous George Watson Macgregor Reid, who introduced the Druids again to StonehengeExamines the creation of archaeological wisdom as a social strategy, and the connection among personalities, associations, ideology, and powerAddresses the continued debates of the importance of websites akin to Stonehenge, Avebury, and Maiden fortress

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This was in addition to the high proportion of contributions from academics in other disciplines. Establishing a high standard of scholarship, from whatever quarter and on whatever topic, was clearly a top priority. Antiquity had two distinct roles of real importance. The first was the part that it played in the process of shaping and defining scientific archaeology. Crawford himself saw it as providing ‘a sort of running commentary on current work’. 22 The second was the part that it played in creating a wider audience amongst the intelligentsia for those ‘right ideas’.

He was equally aware that the Society was not naturally sympathetic to his brand of archaeology: ‘To the great mass of professed antiquarian opinion the art of excavation was a hidden mystery’,42 claiming elsewhere43 that ‘the conventional centre of antiquarian studies was still dominated by the 28 Disciplining the Past Publisher's Note: Permission to reproduce this image online was not granted by the copyright holder. Readers are kindly requested to refer to the printed version of this chapter.

True knowledge – epistemic authority – was concentrated in the hands of a body of scholars who conformed to these values. It was to their work, presumably, that ‘the reader’ would turn if s/he wanted more background information about the Bronze Age, which to Crawford was beyond the remit of the local archaeologist. The local societies’ task was to record facts and not to venture opinions: clear echoes here of the distinctions that Seeley and Hodgkin were drawing between history and antiquarianism 40 years earlier, when their own discipline was still in the process of self-definition.

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