John Myres

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Sir John Linton Myres (3 July 1869 in Preston – 6 March 1954 in Oxford) was a British archaeologist and academic, who conducted excavations in Cyprus in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[1]


He was the son of the Rev. William Miles Myres and his wife, Jane Linton, and was educated at Winchester College. He graduated B.A. at New College, Oxford in 1892.[2] Myres became the first Wykeham Professor of Ancient History, at the University of Oxford, in 1910, having been Gladstone Professor of Greek and Lecturer in Ancient Geography, University of Liverpool from 1907.[3] He contributed to the British Naval Intelligence Division Geographical Handbook Series that was published during the Second World War, and to the noted 11th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica (1910–1911).

Myres was president of the Royal Anthropological Institute between 1928 and 1931[4]. His work in Cyprus spanned several decades, with the German archaeologist Max Ohnefalsch-Richter he published the first catalogue of the Cyprus Museum and he excavated at Lapithos in 1913 with Leonard Halford Dudley Buxton.

He was a major influence on the British-Australian archaeologist Vere Gordon Childe.[citation needed]


Further reading[edit]

  • D.H.G. "J.L. Myres: [Obituary]", The Journal of Hellenic Studies, Vol. 74. (1954), pp. 181–182.


  1. ^ "MYRES, John Linton". Who's Who. Vol. 59. 1907. p. 1285.
  2. ^ Boardman, John. "Myres, Sir John Linton". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/35180. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ "MYRES, John Linton". The International Who's Who in the World. 1912. p. 801.
  4. ^ Braunholtz, H. J.; Firth, Raymond (1939). "88. J. L. Myres: Past President of the Royal Anthropological Institute; Editor of `Man.'". Man. 39: 97–98. doi:10.2307/2791529. ISSN 0025-1496.

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