Vronwy Hankey

In 1916 Vronwy Mary Fisher was born in England to a disciplined Welshman, the Reverand Thomas Fisher. She graduated from Cambridge where under the direction of Alan Wace she discovered Aegean archaeology and continued her studies at the British School at Athens where she became expert on Mycenaean Euboea. She excavated in Crete at Kephala near Knossos and on the mainland at Mycenae. In 1941 she married Henry Hankey of the British Foreign Office and they had two sons. She published her Euboean survey and when Henry was assigned to Beirut, Vronwy’s expertise in Mycenaean and Minoan pottery (which she had published) to identify Mycenaean imports in Syria and Palestine and their relationship to Cypriot wares. In 1970 she excavated in Crete and in Jordan, and then undertook a re-analysis of the Mycenaean ceramics of el Amarna in Egypt, bringing together the Nile and the Aegean as interconnected culture spheres. She identified Cyprus as the crucial link between East Mediterranean shipping in the Late Bronze Age and published several seminal treatises. In 1970 she excavated in Crete and thereafter until her last study visit to Crete in 1992, she furthered her ideas about Minoan vessels and Aegean interconnectedness. She died in 1998.

Author of biography: Gerald Cadogan
Includes bibliography? Yes

Download biography (in PDF format)

Keywords: 1967 Arab-Israeli war, Aegean, Aegean Bronze Age Chronology, Aegean pottery, Akko, Al Leonard, Anglican, Ano Englianos, Amman, Arabic, archaeology, Arne Furumark, Arthur Weigall, Attica, Base Ring Ware, Basil Hennessy, Beirut, Beit Shebab, Beth Shan, Blegen, Braudelian, British, Britain, British School at Rome, British School at Athens, Bronze Age, Cambridge University, Carl Blegen, Chalkis, Christianity, Church of England, Chalkis Museum, Crete, Cyprus, Damascus, Egypt, Egyptologist, el Amarna, Euboea, Fisher, Flinders Petrie, Frank Stubbings, France, Frank Stubbings, French, Frost, Furumark, Girton College, Greece, Greek, Henry Hankey, Hennessy, hieroglyphics, Honor Frost, Howell, Hugh Sackett, Hutchinson, Israel, Italian, Italy, Kalavasos-Ayios Dimitrios, Kephala, Kition, Knossos, kraters, Jacobsen, Jerusalem, John Ward-Perkins, Jordan, Laconia, Late Helladic IIIC, Late Bronze Age, Late Minoan I, Latin, Lebanon, Leonard, Lisa French, London, Lord Hankey, Madrid, Maroni-Vournes, Mediterranean, Mervyn Popham, Messenia, Middle East, Minoan, Mycenae, Mycenaean, ‘Mycenaean pottery in the Middle East’, Myrtou-Pigades, Myrtos-Pyrgos, Near East, Old City of Jerusalem, Old Testament, “Palace of Nestor”, Palestine, Palestinians, Panama, Peri, Peter, Peter Warren, Petrie, Popham, pottery, Professor Alan Wace, Pyrgos , Reverend Thomas Fisher, Roger Howell, Rome, Sackett, San Francisco, Santiago, Shakespeare, Sicily, Spain, Spanish, Stubbings, Swan’s Nile cruises, Syria, Syro-Palestinian studies, Taylour, Tom Jacobsen, Turkish, Ulu Burun, Veronica, Vronwy Mary Fisher, Wace, Wace-Blegen, Ward-Perkins, Warren, Weigall, Welsh, Welshman, West Bank, William Taylour, White Slip Ware, World War II

Search by name

Search by keyword:




Breaking Ground: Pioneering Women Archaeologists
Published by the University of Michigan Press, 2004