British prehistorian and academic, well known for popularizing archaeology on television and radio in the 1950s and 1960s. Born in Barry, South Wales, he was educated first at University College, Cardiff, where he started reading geology before transferring to St John's College, Cambridge, where he read archaeology and anthropology. He put his archaeological training to good use during WW2, serving in the central photographic interpretation unit of the RAF. He returned to St John's in 1945 and stayed there until he retired in 1981. In 1974 he was elected Disney Professor. His academic specialisms focused on the Neolithic tombs of northwest Europe, his doctoral dissertation being published in 1950 as The prehistoric chamber tombs of England and Wales (Cambridge: CUP). He was also interested in the history of archaeology and archaeological thought and published several books on the subject, including The idea of prehistory (1962, London: C. A. Watts). He appeared on television with Sir Mortimer Wheeler in Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?, and helped popularize the subject further by editing more than 100 volumes in the Ancient Peoples and Places series, and between 1958 and 1985 he was the editor of the journal Antiquity. He was also interested in food and drink, a joy which he shared in his book The hungry archaeologist in France (1963, London: Faber & Faber), and in detective novels: he wrote two, both published by Penguin, one under the pseudonym Dilwyn Rees.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology in Oxford Reference.