“…the professor of history and antiquities himself shewed us the things and was very civil and spoke so well and slowly I understood ¼ of what he said by means of a few words of Latin now and then – there was an old thing like that found in digging away in the clay of the laundry court at Shibden – which Harper said was modern and for shot but which the professor here said was for the head stall (for something ornamental or something of a very old sort of bridle crest thro’ which the rains passed) – from the smallness of the holes the reins must have been rope or thong”
Rudolf Keyser (1 January 1803 – 9 October 1864) was a Norwegian historian, archaeologist and educator.
Jakob Rudolf Keyser was born in Christiania, now Oslo, Norway. Following studies in Iceland, Rudolf Keyser was appointed as a docent at the Royal Frederick University in Christiania in 1828.
He became a professor in 1831 and remained at the University until he retired in 1862. Keyser was also the first manager for the University Museum of National Antiquities. He cataloged and categorized prehistoric artifacts which had originated from excavations.