I have access to a good deal of original research on Diana Kirkbride,
certainly a wonderful woman who had a strong influence although that
influence is not documented. If you like, I could dig up the transcripts of
the original interviews that Jane Callander conducted with her when we
started the biographical work on Garrod. Garrod and Kirkbride excavated
together for many years in the Levant so Diana's contributions were a part
of that historical work.
Jim Ford is also an interesting choice for an American archaeologist but
once again there is so little historical analysis and biographical work.
However, if anyone were to wish to do that work, Jim was a good friend of
my family so I could put you in touch with his archive.
Of course there are always the interesting Africanists who contributed to
African independence and the decline of the Empire.
On Jul 14 2010, Hilary Stuart-Williams wrote:
>At the Iraqi end of the scale, how about Gertrude Bell, Agatha Christie and
>The contributions of the first two to archaeology were variable, but they
>had a huge and lasting influence. And they WERE colourful!