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Ferdinand Keller (antiquity scholar) : biography

December 24, 1800 - June 21, 1881
Ferdinand Keller


He was born at Marthalen. He studied theology and natural sciences at Zurich, Lausanne, and Paris. In 1831 he was made an instructor at Zurich, and secretary of the Society for Natural Research, and in this capacity he published various works on naked rock soil and vent holes. The discovery of the sepulchral mound at Burghölzli led to the founding of the Antiquarian Society of which Keller was long president, and to the founding of a museum, the growth of which was largely due to him. His most important discovery was the pile dwelling at Obermeilen in the winter of 1853.


His articles on the pile dwelling were published in the proceedings of the Antiquarian Society. He also published Bauriss des Klosters Sankt Gallen vom Jahr 820 (1844), and an archaeological map of Eastern Switzerland (1874).

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