James Curle's collection of Gotlandic antiquities is one of the most remarkable monuments of British archaeological activity abroad during the late nineteenth century. Its specialized nature, and highly selective chronological and geographical range, are unusual although not wholly without parallel. The material was acquired with the active assistance of some of the most distinguished professional archaeologists in Sweden. The importance of the collection has long been underestimated because of an almost total lack of documentation, but recent researches have begun to reveal some of its potential.

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