SPOONER, David Brainerd. Vermon, Vermont 7.2.1879 — Agra 30.1.1925. U.S. Indologist and Archaeologist in India. Studied at Stanford University in California. After graduation (B.A. 1899) he went to Japan and studied Sanskrit at Imperial University, then at Sanskrit College in Varanasi. Ph.D. 1906 Harvard, under Lanman (some say at Berlin). Further studies in Berlin. From 1906 employed in the A.S.I., as Superintendent of Frontier Circle, working in Peshawar, from 1910 of Easter Circle in Patna. From 1919 until his death Deputy Director-General under Marshall. Carried out important excavations at Vaiśālī, Kumrahar and Pāṭaliputra. Married in 1911 with —> Elisabeth Colton Spooner.
Publications: reports of excavations in ASIAR: “Sahrībahlol”, 1906-07, 102-118 & 1909-10, 46-62; “Takht-i-Bāhī”, 1907-08, 132-148; “Shāh-jī-kī-Dhērī”, 1908-09, 38-59; etc.
– “The Zoroastrian period of Indian history”, JRAS 1915.
Sources: E. A. Horne, JASB N.S. 22, 1926, clxi-clxiv; C.E.A.W. Oldham, JRAS 1925, 375f.; Wikipedia. Neither in the Who Was Who in America nor in the Nat.Cycl.Am.Biogr.
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