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Cunningham, Sir Alexanderlocked

(b London, Jan 23, 1814; d London, Nov 28, 1893).
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British archaeologist, numismatist and engineer. He obtained an Indian cadetship in 1828 through the patronage of Sir Walter Scott and received his commission as Second Lieutenant, Bengal Engineers, in 1831. After training at Addiscombe and Chatham, he was sent to India in 1833. Friendship with James Prinsep encouraged an immediate interest in Indian antiquities and led to his excavation of the ...

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Dictionary of National Biography, 63 vols and suppls (London, 1885–)