Gold Medal award for John Humphrey (TH 1967)
16 February 2010
John Humphrey (TH 1967) has been awarded the Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement by the Archaeological Institute of America.
C Brian Rose, President of the AIA has been quoted as saying, 'Perhaps no other single individual has played a greater role over the past two decades in shaping the discipline of Roman archaeology'.
After receiving degrees from Cambridge University (BA, First Class Honours with Distinction) and Bryn Mawr College (PhD), John Humphrey taught at the University of Michigan from 1975 to 1994, where he also served as Chair of the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Archaeology and as Curator of the Kelsey Museum. While at Michigan, he directed excavations on Late Roman, Vandalic and Byzantine sites at Carthage, Tunisia, and launched a new project of excavation and survey at Leptiminus, Tunisia. He has edited and co-authored 11 volumes on the work at Carthage and Leptiminus. For his work in Tunisia he received the gold medal from the Tunisian Ministry of Culture. He is sole author of Roman circuses: arenas for chariot racing (Univ of California Press) and has excavated and published the circus at Lepcis Magna (Libya). In 1987 he founded the Journal of Roman Archaeology, specializing in synthetic articles and long reviews, and has edited it ever since, with the assistance of his wife Laura and daughter Leah. Twenty-two annual issues and seventy- nine supplementary volumes have appeared to date. With the Roman Society (London) he co-sponsors biennial conferences on Roman archaeology at different locations within the UK and USA.