John James Wymer 1928–2006

Clive Gamble

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 150 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VI

Published by British Academy

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264232
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734243 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

John James Wymer 1928–2006

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John Wymer devoted his professional life to the study of the Palaeolithic, and his importance to the subject extended far beyond a brick pit in Suffolk. He was the greatest field naturalist of the Palaeolithic. Wymer had acute gifts of observation and an attention to detail for both artefacts and geology that was unsurpassed. He provided a typology and a chronology for the earliest artefacts of Britain and used these same skills to establish major sequences in South Africa. In doing so Wymer ordered and energised what was a neglected and demoralised subject so that it is now one of the most vibrant communities in British archaeology.

Keywords: archaeologist; Paleolithic archaeology; biography; obituary

Chapter.  6917 words. 

Subjects: Theory, Methods, and Historiography

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