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Title: ‘Gratefully dedicated to the subscribers’: The archaeological publishing projects and achievements of Charles Roach Smith
Authors: Scott, Sarah A.
First Published: 2017
Publisher: Council for British Archaeology
Citation: Internet Archaeology, 2017
Abstract: Charles Roach Smith (1806-1890) was at the forefront of archaeological scholarship from the 1840s onwards and played a pivotal role in recording and establishing the importance of British antiquities and archaeology, but is rarely mentioned in general histories of archaeology. This paper provides an overview of his major achievements in archaeological publishing and, through an analysis of more than 2,000 subscriptions to eleven of his volumes on British archaeology, explains how and why he published prolifically in the absence of institutional support and often in the face of prejudice against his background in ‘trade’. It argues that his rigorous and evangelising approach to archaeological publication, and the pivotal role which he played within national and international philanthropic social and intellectual networks, was instrumental in the transformation of the discipline in the second half of the nineteenth century, and underpinned the development of a national collection of British antiquities in the British Museum. His efforts also contributed to wider social and educational transformation in this period, which included greater recognition for women. Through a more inclusive and prosopographical approach it provides unique insights into the enterprising strategies and impressive achievements of those whose contributions to archaeology are insufficiently acknowledged today.
DOI Link: 10.11141/ia.45.6
ISSN: 1363-5387
Links: http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue45/6/index.html
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/40423
Version: Post-print
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2017. Once published this will be an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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