William Cunnington portraitPortrait of the pioneer archaeologist William Cunnington I (1754 to 1810) by Samuel Woodforde, 1808. Cunnington was told by his doctors to 'ride out or die' and so he took up archaeology, in partnership with with Sir Richard Colt Hoare of Stourhead House. Between them they attempted the excavation of 465 Bronze Age barrows in Wiltshire and neighbouring counties.
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