Hector Catling

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Hector William Catling
Born (1924-06-26)26 June 1924
Died 15 February 2013(2013-02-15) (aged 88)
Resting place
Church of St Mary & All Saints, Broomfield, Somerset
Nationality  United Kingdom
Education Bristol Grammar School
Alma mater St John's College, Oxford
Occupation Academic, Archaeologist
Years active 1951 - 1989
Title Director of the British School at Athens
Term 1971 - 1989
Predecessor P M Fraser
Successor E B French
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Salter (1948 - 2000; her death)
Children Three
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA)

Hector William Catling, CBE, FSA (26 June 1924 – 15 February 2013) was a British archaeologist who served as director of the British School at Athens between 1971 and 1989.

Early life[edit]

Catling was born on 26 June 1924. He was educated at Bristol Grammar School, then a grammar school in the Clifton area of Bristol.[1] He went on to study Literae Humaniores at St John's College, University of Oxford.[2] He remained there to take a doctorate on the Cypriot Bronze Age.[1] This was later published under the tile Cypriot Bronze work in the Mycenaean World.[2]

Academic career[edit]

In 1951, Catling surveyed Hala Sultan Tekke.[3] Between 1955 and 1959, he was Archaeological Survey Officer of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus. From 1960 to 1971, he was successively assistant keeper and senior assistant keeper at the Department of Antiquities of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.[2] In 1971, he was appointed director of the British School at Athens. He served in that post until 1989.[1]

He was a Supernumerary Fellow of Linacre College, University of Oxford.[4]

Later life[edit]

Following his retirement in 1989, Catling founded the Friends of the British School at Athens. He served as its honorary secretary until 2011.[1]

Catling died on 15 February 2013 at his home. His funeral was held at St Matthew's Church, Langford, Oxfordshire on 1 March 2013. He was buried in Church of St Mary & All Saints, Broomfield.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 1948, Catling married Elizabeth Salter. She predeceased him in 2000.[1] Together they had three children: Susan, Richard and Charles.[5]

Honours[edit]

In the 1980 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) 'for services to British cultural interests in Greece'.[6] In the 1989 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) again 'for services to British cultural interests in Greece'.[7]

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He was an Honorary Member of the Archaeological Society of Athens and a Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Hector Catling". The Telegraph. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Hector William Catling (1924-2013)". News: Obituary. archaiologia.gr. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Kiely, Thomas. "Hala Sultan Tekke in the United Kingdom". Ancient Cyprus in the British Museum. The British Museum. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Fellows". Linacre College, University of Oxford. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Hector CATLING". The Times. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48212. p. 18. 13 June 1980. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 51772. p. 16. 16 June 1989. Retrieved 6 March 2013.

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