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Stephens, John Lloyd (28 November 1805–13 October 1852), writer and archaeologist, was born in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, the son of Benjamin Stephens, a merchant, and Clemence Lloyd Stephens. When Stephens was thirteen months old, the family moved to New York City. He began his education in public school at age six and in 1815 entered the Classical School. He entered Columbia College at age thirteen, the year his mother died. After his graduation in 1822, Stephens studied law with Daniel Lord in New York and at ...

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Thompson, Edward Herbert (28 September 1860–11 May 1935), archaeologist and explorer, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Josiah A. Thompson, a railway agent, and Mary E. Thayer. After attending local public schools he attended the Worcester County Free Institute of Industrial Science, the precursor of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute for two years (1877–1879). From 1879 to 1885 he worked at various technical jobs in the Worcester area while pursuing his real love, the study of history and ancient artifacts....