obit from Monday's NYT
- John Lloyd, 51, an Archeologist
By ERIC PACE
John Lloyd, a British archeologist who unearthed relics yielding new
information about day-to-day living in classical times, died on May 30 in
Oxford, England. He was 51 and had worked with Oxford University's Institute
of Archeology for a decade.
He had a brain tumor, said The Independent, which reported his death on
Fieldwork by Lloyd "has given us new understanding for ordinary life in
towns and villages and farms throughout the ancient world," Prof. Graeme
Barker, head of Leicester University's School of Archeological Studies,
wrote last week.
In the 1970's, Lloyd was field director of excavations at the site of the
old-time Greek and Roman city of Berenice in what is now a suburb of
Benghazi, a port on Libya's Mediterranean coast. That work produced insights
into many facets of life in Berenice, which was given that name under the
Greeks in the third century B.C. and was acquired by the Romans in the first
Later Lloyd and others sought information about the ancient history of the
Biferno River valley in Italy. That project included squads of archeologists
walking present-day farmers' fields in search of bits of old pottery and
other remnants of life in the valley in classical times.
In a 1981 article he reported that such "field-walking archeology" by
"survey archeologists' had revealed an undreamed-of "busy countryside" of
farms, residences and communities in what are now nations all around the
Born in Broughty Ferry, Scotland, he graduated from Manchester University.
He went on to be a lecturer successively at Sheffield and Oxford
universities from 1977 to 1988 and a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, from
1988 to 1999.
He married Vicky Doughty in 1976, and they had a son and a daughter..