Punch,  7 (1844), 141.

The Archaeological Society

J R Planché


News-Commentary, Drollery / Paper, Spoof


Archaeology, Societies, Mental Illness

    Regards archaeologists as 'a body of savans who devote their whole lives, to the unrolling of mummies, the opening of barrows, and the pick-axing of tumuli'. Criticises an archaeological exploration that threatens the foundations of Canterbury Cathedral. Thinks Thomas J Pettigrew's 'unrolling of mummies is a sort of monomania' and considers James R Planché's paper on the buckle to be the 'most interesting part of the proceedings'.

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