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Pitt-Rivers & Yorkshire by Dr Dan Hicks, Sat 22 June, 2013 at 2pm

Lieutenant-General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers was born in 1827 in Yorkshire to a wealthy land-owning family.

His interests in archaeology were both as a collector of artefacts and as a practical archaeologist, undertaking excavations in Ireland, London, Yorkshire, Sussex and his own estates in Dorset.

In 1882 Pitt Rivers was appointed the first Inspector of Ancient Monuments and in 1881-2 he was President of the Anthropological Institute.

This talk will provide an overview of the fieldwork undertaken by General Augustus Pitt-Rivers in Yorkshire, during the mid 19th century. Pitt-Rivers was a Yorkshireman, and Yorkshire was important to the early development of his archaeology.

Dan Hicks - Curator of Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum - will explain the scope and nature of his interest in the archaeology of the county, and will introduce the current 'Excavating Pitt-Rivers' project, funded by Arts Council England. Further details: http://excavating/pittrivers.blogspot.com