British archaeologist well known for popularizing archaeology for children and for work liaising with metal‐detector users. Born in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, he attended the local grammar school before going up to Peterhouse, Cambridge, to study archaeology. After graduating he joined the Norwich Castle Museum and from there went to the Norfolk Archaeological Unit, where he spent most of his career. Liaison with the public was one of his main tasks, and while working with metal‐detector users he managed to recover the Thetford treasure after it had been hidden by the original finder. His many television programmes included the highly successful children's series Now, Then.
The Times, 1 July 1991