Augustus Henry Pitt-Rivers

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Pitt-Rivers, Augustus Henry


(real surname Lane-Fox). Born Apr. 14, 1827, at Hope Hall, Yorkshire; died May 4, 1900, in Rushmore, Wiltshire. British archaeologist.

Pitt-Rivers assembled a remarkable collection of weapons and objects of all epochs and peoples, which he donated in 1883 to Oxford University. He conducted numerous excavations in England and Wales, especially between 1880 and 1900, primarily investigating the remains of ancient settlements. He perfected the method of excavation, being one of the first to make use of stratigraphy in archaeology. He published detailed well-illustrated accounts of the excavations.

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It can be no coincidence that his favourite boyhood haunt whilst at prep school in Dorset was the private Pitt Rivers Museum, formed by Augustus Pitt Rivers in 1884 after the celebrated archaeologist and ethnographer donated his first collection to the University of Oxford.
THE LARMER TREE FESTIVAL Larmer Tree Gardens, Wilts, July 15-19 THIS five-day event takes place in Victorian gardens created by General Augustus Pitt Rivers. The entertainment includes Jools Holland and Dave Edmunds, Malian singing sensation Rokia Traore and Manchester's Travelling Band.