Margaret Thompson

Born in New Jersey in 1911, Margaret Thompson graduated from Radcliffe College in 1931 and became the assistant of T. Leslie Shear. She worked at the Agora excavations in Athens from 1937 to 1940 and again in 1948, and published thousands of coins as well as the Agora catalogue from Roman through Venetian periods. In 1949 she became the assistant curator of the American Numismatic Society and in 1961 she published The New Style Silver Coinage of Athens for which she was awarded the Society’s Archer M. Huntington Medal. She also became involved with the Archaeological Institute of America and was elected its president in 1964 and served until 1968. In 1967 she received the gold medal from the Royal Numismatic Society and was elected to the International Numismatic Commission serving as vice president from 1973 to 1979. In 1973 she published the Inventory of Greek Coin Hoards and effectively managed the transfer of 600 coins from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the American Numismatic Society. In 1974 she held the Regents’ Professorship at Berkeley. She retired from the Numismatic Society in 1979 and was named chief curator emeritus. Awarded an honorary doctorate from Columbia University, Thompson also was awarded the Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement by the Archaeological Institute of America in 1984.

Author of biography: William E. Metcalf
Includes bibliography? Yes

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