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Department of Archaeology

In Memoriam: Tony Wilkinson

Tony Wilkinson

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Tony Wilkinson, Professor of Archaeology at Durham.

Tony joined the Archaeology Department from Edinburgh University in 2006, having previously worked at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and for the British Archaeological Expedition to Iraq, in Baghdad. Initially trained as a geographer, Tony undertook fieldwork throughout the Middle East, with a particular focus on archaeological surveys in north Syria, Iran and northern Iraq. By combining his extensive field surveys with the early adoption of satellite imagery as a tool for archaeological prospection and landscape research, Tony re-shaped the discipline of Near Eastern archaeology through his publications, and by training generations of researchers to view sites as components within an integrated, and at times rapidly changing, landscape. He combined archaeology, geography, and geomorphology in a way that no-one had done before, and he was always open to new ideas about the interplay between culture and environment. That multi-disciplinary ethos was very much behind Tony’s long-term involvement in the Institute of Advanced Studies at Durham, as well as his teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the department. His contribution to the discipline was recognised by his election as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2008.
Tony was widely admired as an archaeologist and scholar across the world, respected by his colleagues who relied on his wisdom and guidance, and always a warm and decent man. We have a lost a true friend to the department and an excellent archaeologist with many loyal students, past and present. He will be greatly missed.