Division of Archaeology

Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Pamela Jane Smith

Interviews with archaeologists

Here are some of the interviews that I have conducted on the history of archaeology. An RSS feed is also available.

Please see also the Personal Histories web site

Barbara Isaac

[Photo]In honour and in memory of her husband, the great archaeologist Glynn Isaac, Barbara Isaac has released this transcript of her interview conducted by Pamela Jane Smith in 2007. The picture shows Creswell Crags on `a cold and miserable' Easter in 1960 left to right, Wilfred Shawcross, Robert Soper, Colin Breese, Warwick Bray, Paul Mellars, unknown , Glynn Isaac. `The highlight of every day was the trip to the pub after a meal which I have no memories of. The contrast between the dirty archaeologists and the spic-and-span miners, who had emerged from the bowels of the earth to hot showers and hot high teas, made an impression,' remembers Nic David who was then a Cambridge undergraduate.

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Michael Crouch

Former undergraduate Michael Crouch discusses his life with Pamela Jane Smith. Michael was a member of the Department of Archaeology's expedition to Libya under the direction of Dr C.R. McBurney in 1955; he discusses memories of McBurney as well as a long life in service to the British Government.

MP3 audio recording

David Lewis Williams

Prof. David Lewis Williams recounts his experiences of the South African apartheid regime.

MP3 audio recording

Peter Gathercole

Pamela Jane Smith interviews Peter Gathercole.

MP3 audio recording

Tony Legge

Pamela Jane Smith interviews Professor Tony Legge about the analysis of Star Carr after Grahame Clark.

MP3 audio recording