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Professor Sheppard Frere

We were saddened to hear that Professor Sheppard Frere died last Wednesday, 25th February.

His association with Canterbury began in 1946, when he succeeded Audrey Williams as Director of Excavations for Canterbury Excavations Committee. At that time he was a classics master at Lancing College and work at Canterbury took place in his summer vacations. In his preface to The Archaeology of Canterbury VII he described how at the end of each season he would leave Canterbury with tea-chests of finds to be sorted and drawn during the following term and plans, sections and reports to be worked on, all in his spare time. He left Lancing to become a university lecturer in archaeology in 1954, continuing to be involved in excavations at Canterbury until 1957.  Between 1955 and 1961 he excavated at Verulamium and in 1961 became Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Provinces at University of London. In 1966 he became a fellow of All Souls College and Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire at Oxford.

Canterbury Archaeological Trust was formed in 1975; the first Archaeology of Canterbury monograph series was launched in 1982 to publish the results of CEC and CAT excavations in various locations in the city. Professor Frere was closely involved with these publications through the 1980s and early 1990s and was guest of honour at the party held to celebrate publication of the ’Marlowe’ volume in 1995.
Sheppard Frere examines findSheppard Frere in BurgateSheppard Frere excavating

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