Rupert Bruce-Mitford

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Rupert Bruce-Mitford
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Born 14 June 1914
Streatham, London, England
Died 10 March 1994(1994-03-10) (aged 79)
Oxford, England
Nationality English
Occupation Archaeologist
Spouse(s) Kathleen Dent (m.1941–1972), Marilyn Luscombe (m.1975–1984), Margaret Adams (m.1988–1994)
Children one son, two daughters
Parent(s) C. E. Bruce-Mitford and Beatrice Allison

Rupert Leo Scott Bruce-Mitford (surname sometimes: "Mitford") (1914 in Streatham (London), UK – 1994 in Oxford) was a British archaeologist best known for his multi-volume publication on the Sutton Hoo ship burial.[1]

Bruce-Mitford worked for the British Museum, London, in the Department of British and Mediaeval Antiquities from 1938, and, following the bequest of the Sutton Hoo Treasure to the nation in 1942, he was charged with leading the project to study and publish the finds. This he did through four decades at the British Museum. He also became President of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Apart from military service in World War II he worked at the British Museum continuously until 1977, including two keeperships, and finally as a research keeper.

He was also responsible for translating Danish archaeologist P.V. Glob's book The Bog People (1965) into English.

Personal life[edit]

He was married three times and had three children by his first wife, Kathleen Dent.

Major works[edit]

  • 2005: The Corpus of Late Celtic Hanging-Bowls (posthumous; ed. Sheila Raven)
  • 1975: The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial (with A. C. Evans)
  • The Bog People: Iron Age man preserved
  • 1997: Mawgan Porth; a settlement of the Late Saxon Period on the north Cornish coast: excavations 1949-52, 1954 and 1974 London: English Heritage ISBN 1-85074-613-3 (posthumous)
  • Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology: Sutton Hoo and other discoveries ISBN 0-575-01704-X


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