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Winifred Lamb: Aegean Prehistorian and Museum Curator. David W. J. Gill

September 21, 2018

HARN Member, David Gill, has sent us the following information about his forthcoming book.

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Winifred Lamb was a pioneering archaeologist in Anatolia and the Aegean. She studied classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and subsequently served in naval intelligence alongside J. D. Beazley during the final stages of the First World War. As war drew to a close, Sydney Cockerell, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, invited Lamb to be the honorary keeper of Greek antiquities. Over the next 40 years she created a prehistoric gallery, marking the university’s contribution to excavations in the Aegean, and developed the museum’s holdings of classical bronzes and Athenian figure-decorated pottery. Lamb formed a parallel career excavating in the Aegean. She was admitted as a student of the British School at Athens and served as assistant director on the Mycenae excavations under Alan Wace and Carl Blegen. After further work at Sparta and on prehistoric mounds in Macedonia, Lamb identified and excavated a major Bronze Age site at Thermi on Lesbos. She conducted a brief excavation on Chios before directing a significant project at Kusura in Turkey. She was recruited for the Turkish language section of the BBC during the Second World War, and after the cessation of hostilities took an active part in the creation of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – The Lamb Family and Early Years
Chapter 2 – Cambridge and Classics
Chapter 3 – The Hope Vases and Naval Intelligence
Chapter 4 – The First Year in Athens (1920–21)
Chapter 5 – Prehistory and the Fitzwilliam Museum
Chapter 6 – Mycenae, Sparta and Macedonia 
Chapter 7 – The Fitzwilliam Museum: Developing the Classical Collections
Chapter 8 – The Eastern Aegean: Lesbos and Chios
Chapter 9 – Anatolia and Kusura
Chapter 10 – The War Years
Chapter 11 – The British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara

More information can be found here.

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  1. September 21, 2018 10:31 pm

    Reblogged this on Heritage Futures.

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