Whilst working on the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Enhancement Project, our colleague Dr Hannah Cutler delved into the invaluable works from some of East Anglia’s most pioneering and influential figures in prehistoric archaeology in Suffolk.
Here are just a few of the many key archaeologists Hannah has come across the most during her project.
Nina Layard 1853 – 1935
Nina Layard was the leading female archaeologist of her day and is a notably important figure in developing our understanding of prehistoric archaeology in Suffolk. A passionate and keen archaeologist, Nina spent many hours in her hometown of Ipswich digging and exploring and is accredited for her dedication and contribution to prehistoric archaeology.
Find out more about Nina Layard.
James Reid Moir 1879 – 1944
A key figure in the early research of the Palaeolithic period in Suffolk. During his prolific archaeological career, James wrote a vast array of publications and was a Fellow to several Societies. He was part of the Ipswich Museum archaeology team and later became its President. During his career James recovered a notable amount of Palaeolithic artefacts, including flint tools and faunal material from Bramford Road, Ipswich (IPS 018) and Jordan’s Pit, Sudbury (BCB 002) to name but a few of the many archaeological sites he investigated.
John Wymer 1928 – 2006
John Wymer, a highly respected archaeologist, has greatly enhanced our understanding of prehistory in Suffolk.
A Palaeolithic expert, John Wymer excavated at several major sites in Suffolk. Most notably the important Terminal Palaeolithic ‘Long Blade’ site at Devil’s Wood Pit in Sproughton, where thousands of flint tools were recovered from the site. John had also recovered Mammoth remains from near the railway tunnel at Stoke, Ipswich.
With a career spanning several years at renowned local, national, and international sites, John was also a prolific writer in the field and wrote more the 120 publications. He was also a charismatic speaker at the many lectures he presented.
Find out more about John Wymer.
Roger Jacobi 1947 – 2009
Roger Jacobi was an important figure in British archaeology. He specialised in the Later Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Periods with a passion for research and archiving. Sections of his extensive personal archive were posthumously published as the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Artefact (PaMELA) database which is one of the main sources used for the Archaeological Service’s Enhancement of the Suffolk Historic Environment Record Project funded by Historic England.
Find out more about Roger Jacobi (PDF)
Find out more about the PaMELA databse.
Colin Pendleton 1953 – 2014
Colin Pendleton was another such figure who enhanced our understanding of archaeology in Suffolk. His archaeological career began as a young man searching for prehistoric flint tools in the fields around his home in Mildenhall.
He entered the profession by digging with the newly established unit set up by the county council in 1974. Colin graduated with a degree in archaeology later in life, followed by a PhD. Colin soon brought together all his passion, expertise and knowledge in the field and is regarded as one of the county’s most respected and intuitive archaeologists.
He was in charge of the Historic Environment Record for Suffolk and was a keen and passionate advocate of work-experience programmes for students, inspiring many of today’s archaeologists who owe their careers to Colin.
Find out more about Colin Pendleton.
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This project is funded by Historic England.
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