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The History of Archaeology in Action, Part 2: James Breasted was a Fiji…?

December 12, 2015

Adventures in History and Archaeology

Recently I was in Chicago for some research on Caroline Ransom Williams.  There is so much more to come about her later.  But, if you’ve been following this blog at all, you know I like to fangirl it up and visit locations in the history of archaeology.  Remember when I went to see Petrie’s tomb?  Yeah, that kind of stuff.

Earlier this week, I was in Chicago for the 3rd or 4th time to research in the archives at the Oriental Institute in the University of Chicago.  I was running slightly early, so I decided to finally go see James Henry Breasted’s old house, which is near campus.  It is at 5615 S. University Street, near the University of Chicago and just down the street from the Oriental Institute.

Breasted house 1 Breasted house, present day.  Author’s photo

Breasted and his wife, Frances, had never owned a house and in 1910…

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