Friday, 8 April 2011

Amazing film of John Pendlebury at Armana

Check out this amazing footage of British archaeologist John Pendlebury taking part in Egypt Exploration Society excavations at Tell el-Amarna.

Pendlebury, born in 1904, is probably best know for working for British intelligence during World War Two. He was killed during the Battle of Crete, executed by German soldiers in may 1941. He now lies in the cemetery at Souda Bay maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

In 1927, Pendlebury won a Cambridge University scholarship to the British School of Archaeology in Athens. Unable to decide between Egyptian and Greek archaeology, he decided to do both and studied Egyptian artefacts found in Greece. In 1929 he was appointed by Arthur Evans, curator of the archaeological site at Knossos in central Crete.

Pendlebury has been called the 'Cretan Lawrence' - Lawrence as in T. E. Lawrance: Lawrence of Arabia. He lost an eye as a very you child and there is a story that Hitler demanded his glass eye was sent to Berlin as proof of his death.

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