Sir John Evans circa 1895, tinted

Sir John Evans circa 1895, tinted

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sir John Evans photo by Elliot and Fry (17 November 1823 -31 May 1908). Later hand tinting. Archaeologist, numismatist and geologist. Father of Sir Arthur Evans the excavator of Minoan Crete. John Evans ran a paper Mill in Hemel Hempstead but found time to excel as an amateur in various academic fields. His 1859 work with Joseph Prestwich in the Somme established the case for human antiquity and "broke the time barrier". He had found clear evidence of manmade tools (handaxes) in deep undisturbed gravel deposits contemporary with extinct faunas. He was scientifically confirming the work of Boucher De Perthes, following a lead by Hugh Falconer. At around the same time he re-disovered the neglected observations of John Frere 1797 on British handaxes. Evan's book "The ancient stone implements, weapons and ornaments of Great Britain" (1872) is a classic work of prehistoric archaeology.

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