John Devitt Stringfellow Pendlebury


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(1904–41) [Bi]

British archaeologist specializing in the prehistory of Egypt and the Aegean. Born in London, he was educated at Winchester and Pembroke College, Cambridge, and displayed an interest in Egyptology from an early age. In 1927 he became a student at the British School in Athens and the following year married fellow student Hilda White. In the late 1920s he excavated at Tell‐el‐Amarna, Egypt, and from 1928 to 1934 was curator at Knossos for the British School in Athens. During this time he excavated the post‐Minoan refuge city of Karphi in eastern Crete. His best‐known book, The archaeology of Crete, was published in 1939. In 1940 he was appointed as an extra British vice‐consul in Crete. When Greece entered WW2 he was given the rank of captain and liaison officer to the British Military Mission in Crete with the task of preparing for guerrilla warfare in the event of the island being invaded. He was killed during the German invasion of Crete in May 1941.


Annual of the British School in Athens, 41 (1946), 5–8

Subjects: Archaeology.

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