A website and blog dedicated to Ludovic Mann.

Mann at Knappers in 1937 (c) HES

Ludovic McLellan Mann was the original urban prehistorian. Active between 1901 and 1945, he was one of the most significant figures in the development of Scottish archaeology. This despite the fact that he was an ‘amateur archaeologist’ and so at times shunned, even mocked, by the establishment. This outsider was one of the most energetic archaeologists of his generation (when not insurance broking). He was one of the first public archaeologists. He carried out rescue excavations before such a thing had a name. He came up with the ideas of ley lines and prehistoric measurements before Watkins and Thom. This webpage is a celebration of Mann, through writing, archiving material related to his work, academic research and a new podcast – Mannsplaining.