Gertrude Caton Thompson
Date of Birth  :
1-02-1888 18-04-1985
Place of Birth  :
London
Country  :
United Kingdom
Field of Expertise  :
Archaeology
Educational background  :
Studied at British School of Archaeology in Egypt from 1921 to 1926.
Acheivements / Contributions  :

  • From 1928-1929, Caton-Thompson excavated the famed ruins at Zimbabwe in Rhodesia. Her discoveries about the nation's past contributed to new national pride and, later, a new name for this country.

  • From 1930-1933, worked in Egypt excavating the early site of Kharga Oasis.

  • In 1937-1938, she investigated the tombs and temples of Hureidha in the Hadramaut in southern Arabia.

  • She received an honorary doctorate from Cambridge University, and was an Honorary Fellow of Newham College, Cambridge.

  • Some of her publications include:

    • The Zimbabwe Culture, 1931.

    • The Desert Fayum, 1935.

    • Kharga Oasis in Prehistory, 1952.

  • source: Gertrude Caton Thompson

    Bibliography  :
    The Zimbabwe Culture; Ruins and Reactions, Mixed Memoirs, The Aterian industry: Its place and significance in the Palaeolithic world (Huxley memorial lecture for 1946) .