Abercromby Professor of Archaeology
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Abercromby Professor of Archaeology

Abercromby Professorship of Archaeology is a chair at the University of Edinburgh. It was endowed in the will of John Abercromby, 5th Baron Abercromby (1841-1924), who left instructions to establish a chair in prehistoric archaeology at the university. With the new post having been advertised, it was filled for the first time in 1927 by V. Gordon Childe.[1][2] Abercromby's will set out the focus of the chair and requirements of its holder: they should be knowledgable of the prehistory of Europe and of the Near East, and that the professor would be actively involved in archaeology research.[2][3]

List of Abercromby Professors of Archaeology


  1. ^ "The tradition of archaeology at Edinburgh". School of History, Classics and Archaeology. The University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ a b Trigger, Bruce G. (1980). "The Abercromby Professorship". Gordon Childe, revolutions in archaeology. New York: Columbia University Press. pp. 60-61. ISBN 978-0-231-05038-8.
  3. ^ "Abercromby". Professor Dennis Harding. Retrieved 2021.

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