1750s in archaeology

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The decade of the 1750s in archaeology involved some significant events.

Explorations[edit]

Excavations[edit]

  • 1755: At Bath, England, when the Priory or Abbey house is demolished and the foundations are cleared, stone coffins, bones of various animals, and other things are found.[1] Upon digging further, hot mineral waters gush forth and interrupt the work: the old Roman sewer had been found, and the water is drained off. Foundations of regular buildings are traced[1] leading to excavation of a great bath, afterwards called Lucas's Bath, when the eastern wall of the great Hall is opened.[1]
  • 1757: Rev. Bryan Faussett begins excavating Anglo-Saxon cemeteries in Kent, England (continues to 1773).[2]
  • Formal excavations continue at Pompeii.

Finds[edit]

  • 1754: A hoard of about 207 Roman gold coins (and one silver coin) are discovered at Menzelen just outside Xanten on the lower Rhine.
  • 1755: Several sepulchral inscriptions and figures, in bas-relief, are discovered at Bonn in Lower Germany.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Excavations of Roman Baths at Bath" (E-text), Charles E. Davis, 2004-10-02, Project Gutenberg, eBook #13582, webpage: G5828.
  2. ^ Webster, Leslie (1986). "Anglo-Saxon England AD 400–1100". In Longworth, Ian & Cherry, John (ed). Archaeology in Britain since 1945. London: British Museum. p. 121. ISBN 0-7141-2035-9. 
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