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Collection: Archaeological Lives

This book series includes autobiographies, biographies, diaries, correspondence, collected essays, and monographs relating to archaeology and antiquarianism, both in past and present times.

Series Editor: David Davison (Archaeopress)

Standing order reference: ARCHLIVE

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A History of the Congress of Roman Frontier Studies 1949-2022

David J. Breeze et al.

This volume celebrates the twenty-fifth Congress of Roman Frontier Studies. It presents the history of the congress accompanied by photographs and reminiscences from participants, a story populated by many of the well-known archaeologists of the last 75 years and, indeed, earlier as the genesis of the Congress lies in the inter-War years. READ MORE

Paperback: £38.00 | Open Access

The Life and Works of Robert Wood

Rachel Finnegan et al.

The Life and Works of Robert Wood (1717-1771) commemorates the Irish classicist and traveller on the 250th anniversary of his death and provides the general reader with a source book for the fascinating life and career of a much-neglected figure in the realm of Irish eighteenth-century travels and antiquarianism. READ MORE

Paperback: £25.00 | eBook: £16.00

Aleksei P. Okladnikov: The Great Explorer of the Past. Volume 2

Aleksander K. Konopatskii et al.

The second volume of the biography of prominent Soviet archaeologist Aleksei P. Okladnikov (1908-1981) concentrates on his works in 1961–1981, when he was a director at the Siberian Branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences, in Novosibirsk. during this time he continued his active fieldworks in Siberia, Russian Far East, Central Asia and Mongolia. READ MORE

Paperback: £34.99 | eBook: £16.00

The World of Disney: From Antiquarianism to Archaeology

David W. J. Gill

A biography of Dr John Disney (1779-1857), the benefactor of the first chair in archaeology at a British university. He also donated his major collection of Classical sculptures to the University of Cambridge. The sculptures continue to be displayed in the Fitzwilliam Museum. READ MORE

Paperback: £25.00 | eBook: £16.00

András Bodor and the History of Classical Studies in Transylvania in the 20th century

Csaba Szabo

This volume focusses on the life and academic heritage of András Bodor (1915-1999), a classicist from Transylvania. Based on a large number of unpublished documents and the major works of Bodor, the book reconstructs the life of a classicist from the periphery of Europe, a region that changed many times during the 20th century. READ MORE

Paperback: £25.00 | eBook: £16.00

Lost Worlds of Ancient and Modern Greece

D. J. Ian Begg

This book relates three years (1921-1924) in the life of Gilbert Bagnani, a young Italian archaeologist in Greece, based on his letters to his mother in Rome, at first as a non-partisan observer of, and later as an active participant in, some of the most tumultuous events in modern Greek history. READ MORE

Hardback: £25.00 | eBook: £16.00

A Classical Archaeologist’s Life: The Story so Far

John Boardman

Sir John Boardman is one of the foremost experts on ancient Greek art. His autobiography offers a mixture of scholarly reminiscence, reflection on family life, travelogue, and critique of classical scholarship worldwide. Illustrated with pictures of travels, friends and home life, it reflects on his experiences of more than 90 years. READ MORE

Paperback: £25.00 | eBook: £9.99

Aleksei P. Okladnikov: The Great Explorer of the Past. Volume I

Aleksander K. Konopatskii et al.

Aleksei P. Okladnikov (1908–1981), a prominent Russian archaeologist, spent more than 50 years studying prehistoric sites in various parts of the Soviet Union – in Siberia, Central Asia and Mongolia. This biography will appeal to archaeologists, historians, and anyone interested in the history of the humanities in the twentieth century. READ MORE

Paperback: £24.99 | eBook: £16.00

From Cambridge to Lake Chad: Life in archaeology 1956–1971

Graham Connah

Graham Connah's autobiography offers both a professional and personal account that traces his archaeological training and employment at Cambridge and his practical experience on British excavations, and explains how he became one of the pioneers of Nigerian archaeology during a decade in that country. READ MORE

Paperback: £38.00 | eBook: £16.00

Winifred Lamb: Aegean Prehistorian and Museum Curator

David W. J. Gill

The first comprehensive biography of pioneering archaeologist and museum curator Winnifred Lamb, who was honorary keeper of Greek antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in the four decades immediately following the First World War. READ MORE

Paperback: £30.00 | eBook: £16.00

The Life and Works of W.G. Collingwood

Malcolm Craig

This well researched biography provides a comprehensive account of the life and works of William Gershom Collingwood (1854-1932), a nineteenth century polymath whose story should be better known. He was a noted friend and colleague of John Ruskin, whose secretary he later became. READ MORE

Paperback: £25.00 | eBook: £16.00

My dear Miss Ransom: Letters between Caroline Ransom Williams and James Henry Breasted, 1898-1935

ed. Kathleen L. Sheppard

Letters between Caroline Ransom Williams, the first American university-trained female Egyptologist, and James Henry Breasted, the first American Egyptologist and founder of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, show that Ransom Williams had a full life and productive career as the first American female Egyptologist. READ MORE

Paperback: £24.00 | eBook: £16.00

A Life in Norfolk's Archaeology: 1950-2016

Peter Wade-Martins

A personal history of Peter Wade-Martins archaeological endeavour in Norfolk set within a national context. It covers the writer’s early experiences as a volunteer, the rise of field archaeology as a profession and efforts to conserve archaeological heritage. READ MORE

Hardback: £24.99 | eBook: £16.00

Shifting Sand: Journal of a cub archaeologist, Palestine 1964

Julian Berry

Shifting Sand is the journal of Julian Berry, then a 17-year-old archaeologist, written on-site during excavations in Jordan, 1964. The book provides a fascinating insight into the lives of archaeologists over 50 years ago, and the very close links between the European team, the Arab workmen, and the daily life in a simple mud-brick village. READ MORE

Paperback: £18.00 | eBook: £16.00

The Archaeological Activities of James Douglas in Sussex between 1809 and 1819

Malcolm Lyne

James Douglas (1753-1819) was a polymath, well ahead of his time in both the fields of archaeology and earth-sciences. This book recounts his archaeological and other activities in Sussex during the first two decades of the 19th century. READ MORE

Paperback: £15.00 | eBook: £16.00

Percy Manning: The Man Who Collected Oxfordshire

ed. Michael Heaney

This volume provides the first detailed biography Percy Manning (1870-1917), an Oxford antiquary who amassed enormous collections about the history of Oxford and Oxfordshire. READ MORE

Paperback: £30.00 | eBook: £16.00

A Faith in Archaeological Science: Reflections on a Life

Don Brothwell

This is the first memoir by an internationally known archaeological scientist, written with humour and a critical concern to understand the nature of his life and that of our species. It provides a very readable account of a life embracing field and laboratory work from Orkney to Egypt and Mongolia to Peru. READ MORE

Paperback: £30.00 | eBook: £16.00

Bryan Faussett: Antiquary Extraordinary

David Wright

A biography of Bryan Faussett, F.S.A., (1720-1776), pioneering Kent genealogist, archaeologist and antiquary who, at his death, had amassed the world’s greatest collection of Anglo-Saxon jewellery and antiquities. READ MORE

Paperback: £28.00 | eBook: £16.00

Charles-Étienne Brasseur de Bourbourg, premier grand mayaniste de France

Jean-Marie Lebon

A biography of celebrated French Mayanist Charles-Etienne Brasseur. READ MORE

Paperback: £30.00 | eBook: £16.00

Arthur Evans in Dubrovnik and Split (1875-1882)

Branko Kirigin

This work presents details on the everyday life of Arthur Evans in Dubrovnik and Split as seen by the local people who wrote about him in newspapers, journals or books, material that is not easily available to those interested in Evans’s pre-Knossos period. READ MORE

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A Distant Prospect of Wessex: Archaeology and the Past in the Life and Works of Thomas Hardy.

Martin J. P. Davies

Martin Davies examines Thomas Hardy's involvement with the past and the role it plays in his life and literary work. Hardy's life encompasses the transformation of archaeology out of mere antiquarianism into a fully scientific discipline. He observed this process at first hand, and its impact on his aesthetic and philosophical scheme was profound. READ MORE

Paperback: £15.99 | eBook: £16.00

Passionate Patron: The Life of Alexander Hardcastle and the Greek Temples of Agrigento

Anagnostis P. Agelarakis et al.

Alexander Hardcastle's name is little known today, especially in comparison with such figures as Howard Carter and Arthur Evans, but his archaeological work in Sicily and Etruria deserves to be ranked with theirs. READ MORE

Paperback: £14.99 | eBook: £16.00

Bundle: Aleksei P. Okladnikov: The Great Explorer of the Past. Volume 1-2

Aleksei P. Okladnikov (1908–1981), a prominent Russian archaeologist, spent more than 50 years studying prehistoric sites in various parts of the Soviet Union – in Siberia, Central Asia and Mongolia. READ MORE

Paperback: £45.00 | eBook: £22.00