Martin Biddle

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Martin Biddle
Born (1937-06-04) 4 June 1937 (age 82)
OccupationProfessor of Medieval Archaeology
EmployerUniversity of Oxford
Spouse(s)Birthe Kjølbye-Biddle

Martin Biddle, CBE, FBA (born 4 June 1937) is a British archaeologist and academic. He is an emeritus fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. His work was important in the development of medieval and post-medieval archaeology in Great Britain.

Early life[edit]

Biddle was born on 4 June 1937.[1] He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, a public boys school in Hertfordshire.[2] He went on to study at Pembroke College, Cambridge, graduating Bachelor of Arts (BA). This was later upgraded to Master of Arts (MA).[1]

Academic career[edit]

Martin Biddle and his wife Birthe Kjølbye-Biddle examined Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre to explore the long-rumoured site of the tomb where Jesus was brought after his crucifixion. This meticulous study set out to define what is known about the tomb and the Aedicule, the little shrine that has covered the tomb since the early fourth century.

Proceeding backward from the present, they examined the site in detail, its appearances, and its destructions and rebuilding through the centuries, a survey that was constructed without restrictions, using traditional methods of architectural archaeology and the most recent techniques of photogrammetry.[3]



Biddle was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1997 New Year Honours 'for services to the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England'.[7] He was promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to archaeology.[8]

In 1985, he was elected Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).[9] He served as president of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society from 2011 to 2014.

Sackler Lecture[edit]

In 2012, Raymond Sackler and his wife Beverly endowed a series of lectures in honour of Norman Hammond. These lectures are co-hosted by Peterhouse, Cambridge, and the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

The third Sackler lecture in Honour of Norman Hammond was given on 27 February 2017 at Peterhouse by Martin Biddle on "Capital Considerations: Winchester and the Birth of Urban Archaeology".[10]

Select works[edit]

  • Biddle, Martin; Hudson, Daphne M (1 April 1973). Future of London's Past. ISBN 0-903789-01-9.
  • Biddle, Martin (1989). "Introduction". Anglo-Saxon and Mediaeval Archaeology, History and Art, with special reference to Sutton Hoo: The highly important Working Library and Archive of more than 6,000 titles formed by Dr. Rupert L.S. Bruce-Mitford FBA, D.Litt., FSA. Wickmere: Merrion Book Co.
  • Biddle, Martin; Avni, Gideon (7 July 2000). The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. ISBN 0-8478-2282-6.


  1. ^ a b "Martin BIDDLE". People of Today. Debrett's. Archived from the original on 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Classics". Merchant Taylors’ School. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  3. ^ retrieved from The Tomb of Christ (2001). PBS series. see also Martin Biddle (2000) The Tomb of Christ
  4. ^ "Briton Finds Site of Saxon Church". New York Times. 1962-08-22. Retrieved June 27, 2009.
  5. ^ "Viking Dig Reports". BBC. Retrieved 2009-06-27.
  6. ^ Leonard, Tom (2001-11-06). "Viking Skeleton Shows Anglo-Saxon's Thirst for Blood". The Telegraph. Retrieved June 27, 2009.
  7. ^ "No. 54625". The London Gazette. 30 December 1996. pp. 9–10.
  8. ^ "No. 60895". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2014. p. b9.
  9. ^ "BIDDLE, Professor Martin, CBE". British Academy Fellows. British Academy. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  10. ^ "video of lecture". Retrieved 2018-10-22.

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