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Not for the greed of Gold: A Tribute and Biography of the Life and Career of J.L. Starkey by his son John

James Leslie Starkey6pm, Thursday 30th September

Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, The British Museum,  London WC1

A special lecture by John Starkey, businessman (retired)

Jointly with the British Museum

Followed by wine


James Leslie Starkey, FSA (1895-1938) was an archaeologist best known for his excavations of Tell ed-Duweir, Palestine - the lost biblical royal city of Lachish.  

The lecture will include a brief overview of Starkey’s early career in Egypt at Qau and Karanis, and in Palestine at Wadi Ghazzeh, Tell Jemmeh, Tell el-Fara and Tell el-'Ajjul under Prof. Flinders Petrie, but will focus mainly on his work and life at Lachish (Tell ed-Duweir) where he led an expedition in 1932.  He was Director of Lachish until 1938 when he was tragically murdered on the road to Jerusalem while travelling to the opening ceremony of the Rockefeller Museum which was featuring the Lachish exhibition – he was just 43. His book featuring the famous ‘Lachish Letters’, which he had discovered, had  already been prepared and was published later that year, and the Lachish Volumes II – IV which followed in the years to come, were put together by his faithful assistant Olga Tuffnell. The lecture will also include an overview of the tributes and aftermath of his death and of Starkey’s legacy.

You can access more information about J.L. Starkey via the PEF People section of our website (listed under Features). 



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