Alec Campbell (archaeologist)

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Alexander Colin ("Alec") Campbell (16 April 1932 – 24 November 2012) was an archaeologist and museum curator in Botswana.[1] He was Emeritus Director of Botswana's Department of Wildlife and National Parks and National Monuments.

Life[edit]

Campbell was born in Cheltenham, England. He entered the British South Africa Police in the British colony of Southern Rhodesia in 1951. Transferring to the agricultural department as a tsetse fly officer in 1954, he entered Rhodes University in 1959, graduating in SiNdebele and Social Anthropology. Becoming a district officer in the Bechuanaland Protectorate in 1962, Campbell ran the country's first house-to-house census in 1963-4. After independence he became senior warden of Botswana's Department of Wildlife and National Parks. He founded and was later director of Botswana's National Museum and Art Gallery. A founder-member of the Botswana Society in 1969, he chaired the editorial board of its journal, Botswana Notes and Records, for 30 years.[2]

In the 1970s Campbell worked to overturn the previous consensus that Botswana had little Stone Age activity.[3]

Campbell lived on a farm near Gaborone with his wife Judy Campbell, who also wrote on historical topics with him.[4] He died, aged 80, in Gaborone.

Works[edit]

  • (with Thomas Tlou) History of Botswana, 1984
  • The nature of Botswana : a guide to conservation and development, 1990
  • (with David Coulson) African rock art : paintings and engravings on stone, 2001
  • (ed. with Larry Robbins and Michael Taylor) Tsodilo hills : copper bracelet of the Kalahari, 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Monitor, History legend Alec Campbell dies". Mmegi.bw. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  2. ^ Morton, Fred; Ramsay, Jeff; Mgadla, Part Themba (2008). "Campbell, Alexander (Alec) Colin". Historical Dictionary of Botswana. African Historical Dictionaries 108 (4th ed.). Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow Press. pp. 66–7. ISBN 978-0-8108-5467-3. 
  3. ^ Neil Parsons, Botswana History Pages: Archaeology
  4. ^ Sheridan Griswold, review of Botswana Notes and Records volume 38, Mmegi Online, 8 May 2008

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