William James Wedlake


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(1904–89) [Bi]

British amateur archaeologist who worked mainly in the southwest of England. His early life was spent on a farm at Camerton in Somerset, where he developed a passionate interest in the countryside and the early history of the county. In the 1930s he took part in the excavations at the Meare Lake Village and later became foreman to St George Gray at Combe Beacon and Burrow Mump. During the pre‐war excavations at Maiden Castle, Dorset, Wedlake was the foreman and assistant to Sir Mortimer Wheeler, and he later worked with Wheeler on many other sites in England and northern France. While working for the Admiralty in Bath from 1940 until his retirement in 1972, Wedlake excavated the Romano‐British settlement at Camerton, and in 1947 founded the Camerton Club to carry out work around Bath. His last major excavation was the Romano‐British temple at Nettleton, near Bath.


Antiquaries Journal, 70 (1990), 527–8

Subjects: Archaeology.

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