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Pioneers in Palaeontology and Archaeology

Mary Anning and General Pitt Rivers are scientific pioneers with huge impact on their respective fields, Palaeontology for Mary Anning and Archaeology for Pitt Rivers. Born in 1799 in Lyme Regis, part of what is now known as the Jurassic Coast, Mary Anning adopted her passion for fossil hunting from her father very early on. Though struggling for most of her life to gain acceptance of the scientific world, her finds are amongst the most significant geological discoveries of all time. Augustus Pitt Rivers, on the other hand, had already a successful military career behind him before he retired from service 1882 and became an archaeologist. Pursuing a new career in archaeology, he excavated several prehistoric, Roman and Saxon sites in Britain and is noted for his innovative contributions in archaeological methodology, often called the “father of British archaeology”. On this tour we trace the footsteps of these early pioneers to explore their lives as well as their scientific achievements.

Tour highlights:

  • View some of Mary Anning’s fascinating discoveries on display in London and Oxford
  • Take a walk along the coast of Lyme Regis as Mary Anning did on her explorations
  • Get insights into the early formative years of modern British archaeology
  • See artifacts from Augustus Pitt River’s excavations in the Wiltshire area and his private collection

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Today's Price

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £510

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Self-drive options
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Dr Paul Tubb

Guide Lecturer

A landscape archaeologist and Mountain Leader, Paul has been studying the prehistory of southern Britain for the past 40 years.

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View from Lyme Regis across to Charmouth
Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
6 July 2021 AAPR210706 6 July 2021 (Tuesday) 11 July 2021 (Sunday) Dr Paul Tubb £2,125
(ex. flights)
£500 £510 Call for availability
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