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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....