Cyril Fox: Archaeologist Extraordinary

Cyril Fox: Archaeologist Extraordinary

by Charles Scott-Fox, Christopher Chippindale
     
 
In this biography of Sir Cyril Fox (1882-1967), Charles Scott-Fox discovers that his father was an extraordinary man, an inspiring teacher, an effective administrator, a humanist and an influential archaeologist during the golden years of 20th century archaeology. This book begins as it should with Fox's early childhood and his schooling, before moving on to his

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In this biography of Sir Cyril Fox (1882-1967), Charles Scott-Fox discovers that his father was an extraordinary man, an inspiring teacher, an effective administrator, a humanist and an influential archaeologist during the golden years of 20th century archaeology. This book begins as it should with Fox's early childhood and his schooling, before moving on to his university education and his early interest in archeology, initially as a hobby. The excavations and surveys that he carried out, especially in the Cambridgeshire region, the numerous appointments that he held and the number of major and influential publications that he produced, including his doctoral thesis Archaeology of the Cambridge Region , the Personality of Britain , and Monmouthshire Houses , testify to the 'extraordinary' life and career of this man.

Editorial Reviews

Antiquity, Vol. 77, 2003 - Susan Oosthuizen
This fine biography of Sir Cyril Fox has been written by his son. The biography of any parent by one of their children must arouse anxiety in a reviewer, since it is bound to arouse questions about the degree of partiality brought to the task by someone with such close emotional ties to their subject. Yet Charles Scott-Fox has somehow avoided this pitfall and produced a work of admirable objectivity and readability, which well portrays the development of a complex and subtle personality.'

'The biography succeeds in its aim of telling the story of the life and career of a man who made a great contribution to our understanding of the British landscape. Where the author is particularly successful in making this realistic is in the way he is able to balance Foxs successes and enthusiasms with his dispassionate account of the failures within Foxs relationships, especially in his difficulties in achieving closeness with his children and his occasionally strained relationships with colleagues. This plaiting of the personal, emotional and professional aspects of Foxs life gives those of us who never knew him some idea of how pleasurable that contact may have been.'

Archaeologia Cambrensis, (150) 2001 - Donald Moore
this excellent biography ... is greatly to be welcomed.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781842170809
Publisher:
Oxbow Books
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.53(h) x (d)

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