O. G. S. Crawford

Osbert Guy Stanhope Crawford (28 October 1886 – 28 November 1957) was a British archaeologist who specialised in the archaeology of prehistoric Britain and Sudan. A keen proponent of aerial archaeology, he spent most of his career as the archaeological officer of the Ordnance Survey (OS) and also wrote a range of books on archaeological subjects.

Born in Bombay, British India, to a wealthy middle-class Scottish family, Crawford moved to England as an infant and was raised by his aunts in London and Hampshire. He studied geography at Keble College, Oxford, and worked briefly in that field before devoting himself professionally to archaeology. Employed by the philanthropist Henry Wellcome, Crawford oversaw the excavation of Abu Geili in Sudan before returning to England shortly before the First World War. During the conflict he served in both the London Scottish Regiment and the Royal Flying Corps, where he was involved in ground and aerial reconnaissance along the Western Front. After an injury forced a period of convalescence in England, he returned to the Western Front, where he was captured by the German Army in 1918 and held as a prisoner of war until the end of the conflict.

In 1920, Crawford was employed by the Ordnance Survey, touring Britain to plot the location of archaeological sites, and in the process identified several that were previously unknown. Increasingly interested in aerial archaeology, he used Royal Air Force photographs to identify the extent of the Stonehenge Avenue, excavating it in 1923. With the archaeologist Alexander Keiller, he conducted an aerial survey of many counties in southern England and raised the finances to secure the land around Stonehenge for The National Trust. In 1927, he established the scholarly journal ''Antiquity'', which contained contributions from many of Britain's most prominent archaeologists, and in 1939 he served as president of The Prehistoric Society. An internationalist and socialist, he came under the influence of Marxism and for a time became a Soviet sympathiser. During the Second World War he worked with the National Buildings Record, photographically documenting Southampton. After retiring in 1946, he refocused his attention on Sudanese archaeology and wrote several further books prior to his death.

Friends and colleagues remembered Crawford as a cantankerous and irritable individual. His contributions to British archaeology, including in ''Antiquity'' and aerial archaeology, have been widely acclaimed; some have referred to him as one of the great pioneering figures in the field. His photographic archive remained of use to archaeologists into the 21st century. A biography of Crawford by Kitty Hauser was published in 2008. Provided by Wikipedia
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Published 1921
Man and his past /

: 227 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.

Castles and churches in the middle Nile region /

: 47 pages, 30 pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.

Published 1927

: "A periodical review of archaeology" (varies).
: v. 1- Mar. 1927- : A quarterly review of archaeology.
Editor: Mar. 1927- O.G.S. Crawford.
Includes section: Reviews.
Kislak Ref. Collection: Vol. 62, no. 234 (Mar. 1988); 5 leaves of printed material and one manuscript note, signed Jeanne Sweeney, laid in. : volumes : illustrations, plans ; 25 cm. : Six issues a year, 2015- : 0003-598X : Vols. 1-25, 1927-1951. 1 v.; v. 26-50, 1952-1976. 1 v.; v. 51-65, 1976-1091. 1 v.

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