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Mick Harper wrote:
Aubrey Burl has died. He was the only archaeologists who ever had a kind word for me -- he got sent a review copy of THOBR and quite liked it. If you read this https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jun/12/aubrey-burl-obituary you will see exactly what made him one of us rather than one of them.


Looks like the kind of publishers and reviewers he mixed with reinforces that. Yale University Press, New York Review of Books, Christian Science Monitor. But being reviewed in Nature seems a bit unnatural. Posh professional archaeos probably turned their nose up at his origins as well.

In the early 1980s, what was by then Hull College of Higher Education (and is now part of the University of Lincoln) closed Burl’s department and made him a redundancy payment.

Ah, Hull College in Queen's Gardens, I remember it well. But mostly for the local courtesans who used to rest there, sunbathing topless, between appointments.

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Also, getting a full page obit in the Guardian, without even being a telly-archaeologist, shows all hope should not be lost.

Now we know what to get you for Christmas.
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