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John Bryan Ward Perkins

(1912—1981) archaeologist


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(1912–81) [Bi] Classical archaeologist and Director of the British School of Rome. Educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford, he was a Craven Fellow and Senior Demy at Magdalen College until 1936, when he was appointed assistant in the London Museum at Lancaster House. With the encouragement of Mortimer Wheeler, he directed excavations at a Roman villa at Lockleys, Hertfordshire, before briefly holding the Chair of Archaeology at the Royal University of Malta. During WW2 he served in Wheeler's regiment and was seconded by the military government in Tripolitania to organize the antiquities department and, after the allied invasion of Italy, to head the Monuments and Fine Arts Subcommission. After the war he was appointed Director of the British School in Rome, a post he held from 1946 to 1974. As well as devoting great energy to expanding the school's activities and promoting the idea of landscape archaeology in Italy, he ran the South Etruria Survey. Ward-Perkins was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a Commander of the British Empire. He was a member of the Pontificia Accademia in Rome, the German Archaeological Institute, the Royal Academy of Stockholm, and the Academy of Naples. Amongst his many notable publications are Architettura romana (1974, Milan: Electa) and Cities of ancient Greece and Italy: planning in classical antiquity (1974, New York: Braziller).

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Archaeology.


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