The 18th Century Search for the Blue Nile

Antiquarianism and Archaeology in Bruce's Journey

This exhibit explores the role of antiquarianism and archeology during the 18th century. In addition to a description of antiquarianism, this exhibit investigates how history and archeology fit into the scientific expeditions of the 18th century. This exhibit also examines how James Bruce cast himself as an antiquary and interpreter of ancient history at locations such as Thebes in Egypt and Axum in Ethiopia.


Jonathan Henry and Chamberlain Wyant