‘Gratefully dedicated to the subscribers’: The archaeological publishing projects and achievements of Charles Roach Smith
journal contributionposted on 2017-10-04, 11:16 authored by Sarah A. Scott
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.
CitationInternet Archaeology, 2017
Author affiliation/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Archaeology and Ancient History/Core Staff
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