Michael Wood, presenting the 34th CBA Beatrice de Cardi Lecture, described Beatrice de Cardi as “part-Miss Marple and part-Indiana Jones”, reflecting a career spanning decades of archaeological discovery. She started as secretary to legendary archaeologist, Sir Mortimer Wheeler in the 1930s, moving on to travel across the Far East in the 1940s and 50s until tribal unrest led her to “hop across the border to south-eastern Iran only to be pounced on by the Iranian secret police”. She went on to lead the Council for British Archaeology in the aftermath of the Second World War, “The bombing of London had alerted everyone to the need for concerted action to bully the government into allowing time for excavations in historic towns.” An eminent archaeologist in her own right, Beatrice undertook pioneering archaeological fieldwork in areas such as Afghanistan, Beluchistan and the lower Gulf, identifying Indus sites and the remains of civilisations “from the stone age to the oil age”.
Michael Wood, with Brian Marsh OBE of the Marsh Christian Trust, presented the 2013 Marsh Award winner for Community Archaeology to Matt Champion, director of the Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey project.
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