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    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
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      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
      Wednesday.
      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
      century B.C.
      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
      Mediterranean.
      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..
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