British archaeologist with both a distinguished amateur and professional career in the subject. Following a degree in history at Cambridge in 1922 he was appointed Librarian and Fellow of Selwyn College. All his spare time was devoted to field archaeology, especially in Lincolnshire and the Fens. Immediately before the outbreak of war in 1939 he was put in charge of excavations at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk. During the war he was at the Central Photographic Interpretation Unit in Medmenham, where he became an authority on aerial photography. In 1945 he was appointed to his first professional post in archaeology as Archaeology Officer at the Ordnance Survey, a position he held until his retirement in 1965.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology in Oxford Reference.