Veronica Seton Williams and Joan du Plat Taylor at du Plat TayloLeft to right: Judith (Dobell) Stylianou, Veronica Seton-Williams, Joan duPlat Taylor, and Margaret (Beazley/Sessions) Walker-Brash
Joan Du Plat Taylor in the Cyprus Museum
To R. Du Plat Taylor with Hound

Joan Du Plat Taylor

Joan du Plat Taylor 1906-1983 was born on 26 June 1906 in the Glasgow Barracks, Scotland, and her mother refused to allow her to attend school. In 1926, the family moved to Nicosia, Cyprus. Joan began to volunteer in the Cyprus Museum. After Porphyrios Dikaios became director of the museum, Joan became his assistant and went on to become acting Inspector of Antiquities. Joan participated in Mortimer Wheelers’ excavations at Verulamium (1931-1932) and at Maiden Castle (1935-1936) in England, and thereafter she worked in Cyprus at Neolithic Khirokitia (1934-1946). In addition to her work at the museum she took on numerous projects, including the direction of full-scale excavations at two sites: Ayios Philon, an Early Christian basilica, and Apliki, a Late Bronze Age copper-mining settlement, both of which she published. Along with her colleague, Veronica Seton-Williams she co-authored “Classification of Pottery in the Cyprus Museum.” In 1939 she went to Syria with John Waechter with whom she surveyed 109 sites between Aleppo and the Euphrates River. The 1938-39 excavations at Apliki-Karamallos, in the mining district of the Cypriot Troodos Mountains, was one of the most important projects which she then undertook. In 1945, she assumed the post of Librarian at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London—a position she held until her retirement in 1970. In 1949 she excavated in Turkey at Coba Hüyük (Sakce Gözü), at Myrtou-Pigadhes in Cyprus, and surveyed149 sites in Syria and excavated at Arpad. In 1959 she worked on the Late Bronze Age shipwreck at Gelidonya, and in 1960 she worked at Motya, a small island (near Marsala, Sicily) whose entire extent is covered with the remains of a Phoenician city. In Italy, in 1967, she directed excavations at Gravina di Puglia (Botromagno). Marine Archaeology was published in 1965 under Joan’s editorship and 1970, and she founded and edited what was The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology and Underwater Exploration (IJNA). In 1976, in recognition of her tremendous contributions to the field of nautical archaeology, the University of Pennsylvania honored her with a richly deserved doctorate. Joan du Plat Taylor made enormous contributions both to Cypriot archaeology and underwater archaeology. She died of cancer in 1983.

Author of biography: Nicolle Hirshfeld
Includes bibliography? Yes

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