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By R. B. Halbertsma

at the present time, the nationwide Museum of Antiquities in Leiden is across the world recognized for its impressive archaeological collections. but its origins lie in a mere collection of artefacts used for examine by way of Leiden collage. How did this change come about?
Ruurd Halbertsma has delved into the files to teach that the appointment of Caspar Reuvens as Professor of Archaeology in 1818 used to be the the most important turning element. He tells the dramatic tale of Reuvens' fight to set up the museum, with battles opposed to rival students, crimson tape and the Dutch perspective of overlook in the direction of archaeological monuments. This publication throws new mild at the means of making a nationwide museum, and the problems of convincing society of the price of the past.

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