Cyril Fox: Archaeologist Extraordinary

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Antiquity - 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 - Donald Moore
this excellent biography ... is greatly to be welcomed.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842170809
  • Publisher: Oxbow Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Pages: 260

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
I The Formative Years 1882-1910: Childhood and Horticulture 1
II The Formative Years 1910-1919: Cambridge in Peace and War 15
III Archaeology of the Cambridge Region 1919-1922: Magdalene and the Cambridge Dykes 27
IV Further Excavations in the Cambridge Region 1922-1924: The Search for Pastures New 37
V Foundations for a Welsh Progress 1925: Introduction to Wales and Offa's Dyke 61
VI The National Museum of Wales 1926-1930: Promotion and Challenge 83
VII Triumph and Tragedy 1930-1932: Personality of Britain and death at Llangennith 105
VIII Fame But No Fortune 1932-1993: To the Pinnacle of Academe 131
IX The Crowning Glory 1939-1948: Wartime Discoveries and the Welsh Folk Museum 157
X An Extraordinary Archaeologist 1948-1959: Monmouthshire Houses and Celtic Art 181
XI The Declining Years 1959-1967 203
Epitaph 209
App. I Fox Family Tree 213
App. II Report of Directorship Committee 1926 215
App. III The Foundation of the National Museum of Wales 217
Bibliography 225
Index 233
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