Crystal Bennet

(1918—1987) archaeologist

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(1918–87) [Bi]

British archaeologist and historian specializing in the ancient Near East. Born in Alderney in the Channel Islands, she was educated at school in Bristol and later at Bristol University where she read English. During WW2 she worked at the Ministry of Supply, and afterwards studied at the Institute of Archaeology in London. After excavating in Greece, she joined Kathleen Kenyon at Jericho and Jerusalem. She became Assistant Director of the British School in Jerusalem, and Director from 1969 to 1980. Her specialism became the archaeology of Jordan, and in 1980 she was appointed Director of the newly created Institute of Archaeology in Amman, retiring in 1984.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology in Oxford Reference.

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