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John Thomas Bellows (1831–1902) by H. W. Watson, 1891 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bellows, John Thomas (1831–1902), printer, lexicographer, and archaeologist, born at Carthew House, Church Street, Liskeard, Cornwall, on 18 January 1831, was the elder of the two sons of William Lamb Bellows (1798–1877), schoolmaster, of Bere Regis, Dorset, and his wife, Hannah Stickland (1790–1874)...

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Layard, Nina Frances (1853–1935), poet and archaeologist, was born on 20 August 1853 at Stratford Green, Essex, fourth child of Charles Clement Layard (1817–1895), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Sarah, née Somes (1817–1886). In childhood an avid egg and shell collector, she lived at ...

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Robertson, (Charles) Martin (1911–2004), archaeologist and poet, was born on 11 September 1911 at Jesmond Hill, Pangbourne, Berkshire, the elder son of Donald Struan Robertson (1885–1961), later regius professor of Greek at Cambridge University, and his wife, Petica Coursolles, née Jones (1883–1941), who hosted a literary salon. At the time of his birth his parents lived at ...

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Sandars, Nancy Katharine (1914–2015), prehistoric archaeologist and poet, was born on 29 June 1914 at the Manor House, Little Tew, Oxfordshire, the second daughter and youngest of three children of Lt Col. Edward Carew Sandars (1869–1944), an officer in the Royal Artillery...

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Sir (John) Eric Sidney Thompson (1898–1975) by Joya Hairs photograph reproduced by courtesy of The British Academy

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Thompson, Sir (John) Eric Sidney (1898–1975), archaeologist and epigrapher, was born on 31 December 1898 at the family home, 80 Harley Street, London, the third child and younger son of George William Thompson FRCS (1865–1947), surgeon, and his wife, Mary Cullen (1858–1933). He was educated at ...

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Williams, Denis Joseph Ivan [Dennis] (1923–1998), artist, archaeologist, and novelist, was born on 1 February 1923 in Georgetown, British Guiana, the son of Joseph Alexander Williams, a merchant, and his wife, Isabella, née Adonis, a seamstress and amateur painter, and lady's maid to an expatriate wife. He was originally named ...