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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 120, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, II$
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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263020

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263020.001.0001

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Mervyn Reddaway Popham 1927–2000

Mervyn Reddaway Popham 1927–2000

(p.343) (p.344) Mervyn Reddaway Popham 1927–2000
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 120, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, II

Gerald Cadogan

British Academy

Mervyn Popham was a questioning, quiet person, driven by an uncompromising honesty to find the truth, and always ready to doubt accepted explanations or any theory-driven archaeology for which he could find no evidential basis. He was probably the most percipient archaeologist of the Late Bronze Age of Crete and the Aegean to have worked in the second half of the 20th century, and became almost as important in the archaeology of the Early Iron Age, which succeeded the Bronze Age. In his archaeology he took an analytical-empirical approach to what he saw as fundamentally historical problems, reaching unprecedented peaks of intelligent, and commonsensical, refinement.

Keywords:   archaeologists, archaeology, Late Bronze Age, Crete, Aegean

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