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The Nobody: Exploring Archaeological Identity with George Horsfield (1882–1956)

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Amara Thornton

University College London, GB
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British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Institute of Archaeology

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This article examines George Horsfield’s life and professional career in the Department of Antiquities in British Mandate Transjordan through his correspondence and images in the archives of UCL Institute of Archaeology. Through these documents, Horsfield’s multiple archaeological identities – architect, official and foreigner – are revealed. His experience, situated within the context of life in British Mandate Transjordan, is used to analyse the archaeologist within a wider history of antiquities departments in British imperial possessions.

How to Cite: Thornton, A., 2014. The Nobody: Exploring Archaeological Identity with George Horsfield (1882–1956). Archaeology International, 17, pp.137–156. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ai.1720
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  Published on 23 Oct 2014

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