‘Jacquetta Hawkes? Portugal?’

One of the joys of archive work is that new objects are always coming to light!  Witness a recent discovery by the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Clearing the basement for building work, staff found a mysterious box containing flint arrowheads and other archaeological finds.  It was tantalisingly labelled ‘Jacquetta Hawkes?  Portugal?‘.

To cut the story short, the puzzled labeller was right.  Investigation, including a look at our Jacquetta Hawkes archive, reveals that the objects were presented to Jacquetta during her 1949 lecture tour of Portugal.  I’ve been meaning to write about this trip for a while.  We have a candid report by Jacquetta on her experiences plus letters from the new colleagues she met there.  So look out for that piece!  Meanwhile, you can learn more about the contents of the mystery box in ‘The Jacquetta Hawkes Collection, Portugal, 1949’, a blog post by undergraduate Dalva Gerberon, who studied them as part of her fieldwork.

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