Winifred Lamb: Aegean Prehistorian and Museum Curator [Paperback]

David W. J. Gill(Author)

ISBN: 9781784918798 | Published by: Archaeopress Archaeology | Series: Archaeological Lives | Year of Publication: 2018 | 284p, H8.25 x W5.75,
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Winifred Lamb: Aegean Prehistorian and Museum Curator


Winifred Lamb was a pioneering archaeologist in the Aegean and Anatolia. 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 major 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



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