Bringing Carthage Home: The Excavations of Nathan Davis, 1856-1859Hardback University of British Columbia Studies in the Ancient World
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- Publisher: Oxbow Books
- Format: Hardback | 264 pages
- Dimensions: 218mm x 282mm x 24mm | 1,320g
- Publication date: 9 November 2011
- Publication City/Country: Oxford
- ISBN 10: 1842179926
- ISBN 13: 9781842179925
- Edition statement: New.
- Illustrations note: 137 b/w & 9 colour illus
- Sales rank: 1,430,007
The story of how, between 1856 and 1859, a dilettante called Nathan Davis excavated mosaics from the ancient city of Carthage. The mosaics now adorn the British Museum. The book recounts the rivalry between colonial powers as they asserted their rights to explore the remains of Carthage.
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What emerges from the book is a portrait of Davis as an energetic and resourceful adventurer struggling to establish his reputation as an archaeologist in a climate of unremitting hostility from the French colonial establishment who regarded Carthage as their own exclusive sphere of influence. In the end, Davis career as an archaeologist was short-lived.His funding lasted only four years during which time his prolific activity in the field was never matched by a corresponding scholarly rigour, a failing which left him vulnerable to criticism by other professional archaeologists. While it may be easy to dismissDavis archaeological activity at Carthage as mere treasure hunting, this new reappraisal of his excavations and discoveries does much to restore his reputation as a worthy pioneer of North African archaeology. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the early exploration of ancient Carthage.'--Jeremy Rossiter"Antiquity" (01/01/0001)"