Burkitt, Miles Crawford, 1890-1971 (archaeologist)
- Existence: 1890 - 1971
Miles Crawford Burkitt (1890-1971) was born in Cambridge on 27 December 1890, the son of Prof. F.C. Burkitt. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read Natural Sciences. He explored prehistoric sites in France and Spain with the Abbé Breuil and Dr Obermaier, and served with the YMCA in France during World War I. He lectured in Cambridge in prehistoric archaeology, at first on a voluntarily basis, then officially with a salary of £10 a year, and finally as a University Lecturer in the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology, under the 1926 statutes. He retired in 1958. During World War II Burkitt was a Lieutenant (Signals Officer) in the 4th Cambridgeshire Home Guard (1941-1945). He was made a J.P. in 1942, and was a County Councillor, 1939-1964, ending his term of office as Vice-Chairman, 1958-1961, and Chairman, 1961-1964. He was also an Alderman, 1964-1965. Burkitt travelled widely and published books and articles on the Stone Age and prehistoric art. In 1923 he married Margaret Isobel Fry. They had two sons and one daughter. He died on 22 August 1971.
Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:
Letter to Thomas C. Lethbridge, 1937
Thanks for copy of Lethbridge's privately printed book Umiak. The European ancestry of the 'Women's boat'
Letters to T.C. Lethbridge, 1958
Excavations at Wandlebury or the Gogmagog Hills near Cambridge, revealing what Lethbridge claimed to be ancient chalk figures: site notes, book manuscript, correspondence, published book
Miles Crawford Burkitt: Correspondence and Papers
The collection comprises postcards, notebooks, archaeological notes, correspondence, articles and cuttings.
Postcard to Miles Burkitt, 1959
Comprises single items or small collections, chiefly correspondence, donated to or purchased by Cambridge University Library. Together with a number of items and fragments found in Cambridge University Library books and bindings.
- Archival Object 3
- Collection 1
- Archaeology 1