Charles Roach Smith: Retrospections, Social and Archaeological 3 Volume Set

Retrospections, Social and Archaeological 3 Volume Set

Author: Charles Roach Smith
Number of Pages: 1020 pages
Published Date: 14 Apr 2015
Publication Country: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Language: English
ISBN: 9781108081603
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Charles Roach Smith (1806-90) had a prosperous career as a druggist. His shop was in the City of London, then undergoing major excavation and redevelopment, and he began to collect the artefacts being uncovered around him. With a widening interest in all aspects of the past, Smith began to publish notes on his collection as well as antiquarian observations. (His Illustrations of Roman London is also reissued in this series.) This three-volume work, published 1883-91, reviews his activities as an excavator, collector, and co-founder (with Thomas Wright, whose two-volume Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English has also been reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection) of the British Archaeological Association. Pen-portraits of fellow enthusiasts and descriptions of ancient buildings and ruins are interspersed with accounts of infighting in the Association, and biting criticism of local and national authorities who refused to take on responsibility for Britain's archaeological heritage.