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Anderson, Joseph


Of Joseph Anderson, Childe wrote, at the opening of his Prehistory of Scotland, that by 1886 he 'had sketched the essential outlines of Scottish prehistory in a comprehensive and scientific survey such as then existed in no other country' (1935, xi). The Council of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, likewise, in a minute recording his retirement from the National Museum of Antiquities in 1913, alluded to his 'learning, judgment and scientific attainments, and the prestige which he has won for the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland through his European reputation as an Archaeologist' (Proc Soc Antiq Scot, 47 (1912-13), 340). A panegyric pronounced at a general meeting of the Society on the same occasion (Guthrie 1913) is too long for quotation but deserves to be read in full. Andersen's standing being such as to call for recognition of this kind, it is strange that no closer assessment seems to have been made of his archaeological achievement in all its aspects, and the purpose of the present paper is to do something to supply this want, while also providing, in an Appendix, a complete list of Anderson's published works. In attempting this task the writer is further influenced by an antiquarian pietas, as he survives from an era when Anderson's opinions might still carry great weight, and in fact once met him in person.

For more read The archaeology of Joseph Anderson by Angus Graham

Scotland in Pagan Times
By Joseph Anderson, LL.D. in the Bronze and Stone Ages and the Iron Age in two volumes
Iron Age | Bronze and Stone age


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