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Luigi Palma di Cesnola [1832-1904]

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Definition: Luigi Palma di Cesnola was an Italian adventurer and archaeologist of the 19th century who enhanced his early career as a minor diplomat by conducting archaeological excavations in Cyprus. He had quite an exciting life, serving first in the Crimean War and then in the American Civil War. He's probably best known for his text on the Cyprus investigations, "Cyprus, its ancient Cities, Tombs and Temples." His last job was as the first director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; and he left a substantial collection of antiquities from his Cypriot excavations, now at Harvard University.

This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology. Sources for the term include the references listed on the front page of the Dictionary, and the websites listed in the sidebar.

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