John Aubrey (1626-97)

Described once as shiftless, roving and magotie-headed, John Aubrey was one of the first people to describe and map Avebury in any detail. While out hunting one day Aubrey writes, “…the chase led us… through the village of Aubury: where I was wonderfully surprised at the site of these vast stones, of which I had never heard before, as also the mighty bank and grasse about it.”
 
As a, “..pioneer archaeologist, Aubrey is also remembered for producing the most profound analysis in his period of both the Avebury and Stonehenge megaliths. He used mathematical tools in the service of field archaeology for the first time. In addition, Aubrey was a donor of books and manuscripts to the Bodleian, and he also gave books, manuscripts, mathematical instruments, and other objects to the new Ashmolean Museum, which opened in 1683.” The Bodleian Summer exhibition examines the intellectual world of this seventeenth-century scientific and cultural figure.
 
Venue: The Exhibition Room, Bodleian Library, Oxford from 28 May to 31 October 2010.