Jazz Age Adventurers

Adventurers for Science, that is. The Jazz Age was more than just flappers, bootleggers, and gin rickeys. It was also the time when archaeology came of age. King Tut’s tomb, the Royal Cemetery of Ur, Great Zimbabwe, Skara Brae, Zhoukoudian, Folsom, and Lamoka Lake were all discovered or excavated in the 1920s.

Marion and Matthew Stirling
Marion and Matthew Stirling at Boca San Miguel, Veracruz, Mexico, 15 April 1939. Source: Alexander Wetmore, Smithsonian Archives.

In the Roaring Twenties, some antiquarians, like Gerard Fowke, were nearing the end of their careers, anthropologists like Henry Field were in their prime, and others, like Carlyle Smith, were just getting interested in archaeology but would make their mark digging in the Dirty Thirties and beyond.

Here you’ll soon find the goods on the major and minor characters of the Jazz Age. We cover adventurers of all kinds, explorers scientific and cultural, and well as some characters with more dubious motives and sketchy accomplishments.

Check back later as more are added.