NOTES and NEWS
University of Leicester
Another New Professor
FOLLOWING hard on the new chair of archaeology at Southampton comes the new chair in Archaeology at Leicester, to which Charles Thomas has just been appointed. Unlike Southampton however, where the new department is being started from scratch, there are already four lecturers in archaeology at Leicester, Stanley Thomas (senior lecturer), John Wacher, Derek Simpson, and Ann Dornier (assistant lecturer). (Very confusing, having two Thomases: there is also a third, Nicholas Thomas at Birmingham Museum, but none are related). There is also a very active extra-mural department at Leicester under David Parsons and Tony Brown.
Charles Thomas is a Cornishman who read law at Oxford and then took the Diploma at the Institute of Archaeology in London under Gordon Childe. He then began his great series of excavations at Gwithian, on part of his extensive family property in Cornwall. Like many of my contemporaries I took part in the excavations, which were noted as much for their good company as their good digging.
He was then chosen to succeed Richard Atkinson as lecturer at Edinburgh University when Atkinson became the Professor at Cardiff. Since then Charles Thomas has been shuttling between Edinburgh and Cornwall, becoming in the process one of the recognised authorities on the archaeology of Celtic Britain. (We include an account of his recent lecture on Christianity in North Britain in this issue). At Leicester he hopes to be able to give equal weight to all parts of Britain, and to view pre- and proto-history from a broad and unbiased viewpoint.
WE are very pleased to be able to report that David Johnston, our regular book reviewer, has been appointed Staff Tutor in Archaeology in the extra-mural department at Southampton University. As mentioned in the last issue, Professor Cunliffe was looking for someone who could both organize archaeology extra-murally and lecture on Roman Britain, and David Johnston was an obvious choice.
Mr. Johnston read Classics at Cambridge and has since been teaching Classics first at Northampton and then at the Raynes Park Grammar School. Together with his wife Pamela, who read History at Oxford, he has also been doing a lot of extra-mural lecturing as well as excavating in the summer at the Roman villa at Sparsholt, Hampshire. I first met him there last summer, and we both discovered that we had been thinking along the same lines of producing an archaeological magazine ; David very kindly handed over to me all the material he had acquired and volunteered to do the book reviews.
We are therefore delighted that he will be able to devote himself fully to archaeology, in a job that will fit him like a glove combining his preference for extra-mural work with an emphasis on his own particular period (Roman Britain), and in the area that he knows so well. We do hope that he will still find time to keep us up-to-date with the flood of new books on archaeology and to interpret their results for us.
Royal Archaeological Institute
The Affluent Society
M OST societies suffer from having too little money. But the Royal Archaeological Institute on the other hand suffers from having too much, and the accounts tell a fabulous story. Over the years they have accumulated profits and legacies, and invested them so well that they now have no less than £65,000 of investments, which brought in last year nearly £3,000 nearly twice as much as the income from subscriptions, which explains why the subscription at one guinea represents the best bargain in archaeology. Yet despite the low subscription, the Society still continues to make money, and the 1966 accounts show a surplus for the year of £1,126.
Yet affluence brings its own