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Thomas Bateman was born in Rowsley, Derbyshire, England, the son of the amateur archaeologist William Bateman.

After the death of his father in 1835, Bateman was raised by his grandfather, and from the age of 16 he helped run the family estate at Middleton Hall in Middleton-by-Youlgreave, during which he became interested in archaeology.

Bateman's first archaeological experience was observing the demolition of a medieval church in Bakewell.

He joined the British Archaeological Association in 1843 and in 1844, whilst at an archaeological congress in Canterbury, participated in the excavation of barrows in the surrounding countryside.

The following year he excavated 38 barrows in Derbyshire and Staffordshire, earning himself the nickname "The Barrow Knight".



In 1847 he published Vestiges of the Antiquities of Derbyshire which united his work with that of earlier excavators in the area. He continued to excavate barrows, 50 in the period 1848–1849 and a further 22 between 1851 and 1861, when he died. His second book was Ten Years' Diggings in Celtic and Saxon Grave Hills in the Counties of Derby, Stafford and York, published in the year of his death.

After his death, his son sold most of Bateman's collections, parts of which were acquired by the Sheffield City Museum, which is now called the Weston Park Museum in 1893. This includes the celebrated Benty Grange helmet.

In 2006, a bequest allowed Derby Libraries to purchase a collection that had been amassed by Bateman by inserting documents he had found into the four volumes of Lysons Magna Britannia, Derbyshire.

In the footsteps of Thomas Bateman is partly a biography of the life of Thomas Bateman, it is also a guide book to some of the sites he explored.

The book was co-written by Jack Golds and Matthew Beresford.

Matthew is a professional archaeologist and author, well known for his community projects through Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and the Peak District.

Jack is a part time author, dowser and also practices as a herbalist.


A tourist guide to the works of Thomas Bateman, Derbyshires own Indiana Jones

In the footsteps

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In the footsteps contains easy to follow directions to the sites discussed.

It contains over 30 illustrations and drawings many of them original, but also some excellent reproductions.

It also contains some dowsing tips from Jack.

At the back of the book is a small gazetteer of public houses for you to pause for refreshment during your explorations, each one sampled by the authors.