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Elliot Smith

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(1871-1937). An anatomist by training, who became interested in many aspects of archaeology. He was involved, for instance, in the examination of the remains from Piltdown and it has even been suggested that he may have been implicated in the forgery. He is best known, however, for his espousal of the exaggerated form of dif-fusionism, sometimes called ‘hyper-diffusionisih’, which interpreted the appearance of new developments anywhere in the world in terms of a spread from Egypt.

The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983Copied