Kathleen Kenyon


Kathleen Kenyon in with her beloved pottery 1969. Photo by Jorge (“J.S.”) Lewinski.

Kathleen Kenyon was the eldest daughter of Sir Frederic Kenyon, the director of the British Museum. After graduating from Oxford in 1929, Kenyon excavated at the ruins of Great Zimbabwe in what was then Southern Rhodesia. Following this excavation, she joined the staff of Sir Mortimer Wheeler and studied his careful method of stratigraphic excavation.

In 1952 and 1956 she excavated in the ancient city of Jericho.  In her publication Digging up Jericho, she describes how her team went about the process of excavating the biblical city.