Dr Joseph Steven's Diary
book - 1883 to 1898
Dr Stevens was a medical doctor by profession and a geologist and antiquarian in his spare time. When he retired from medicine he moved from St Mary Bourne, Hampshire to Reading. There he spent a very busy retirement building up Reading Museum, which he did as the honorary or unpaid curator from 1884 to 1897. He retired as curator of the museum at the age of 79, and died shortly afterwards in 1899.
Stevens found many archaological objects and sites in and around Reading. He also excavated various archaeological sites, including Gas Works Lane, where medieval pottery was found, and another near Cemetery Junction, where he found what he thought was a Saxon cemetery, although in fact it was medieval. He kept careful and beautifully illustrated notes of all his finds, investigations and visits in this diary.
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