Christopher Hawkes

Christopher Hawkes

Charles Francis Christopher Hawkes FBA, FSA (5 June 1905 – 29 March 1992) was an English archaeologist and a professor of European prehistory at Oxford University (1946-1972).

He was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford, where he obtained first class honours in classics. He began archaeological work at the British Museum and was then appointed Professor of European Archaeology at Oxford in 1946. He was a Fellow of Keble College. He was awarded the Gold Medal of the Society of Antiquaries in 1981.[1]

In 1933 he was married to Jacquetta Hopkins, but they were divorced in 1953. With Jacquetta Hawkes, he co-authored Prehistoric Britain (1943). He married Sonia Chadwick, also an archaeologist, in 1959.[2] They jointly edited Greeks, Celts and Romans: studies in venture and resistance, 1973.

He was survived by his wife Sonia and son Nicholas.


  1. ^ Harding (1992)
  2. ^ Collectanea antiqua: essays in memory of Sonia Chadwick Hawkes was published in 2007

Further reading

  • Daniel, Glyn Edmund; Chippindale, Christopher (1989) The Pastmasters: Eleven Modern Pioneers of Archaeology: V. Gordon Childe, Stuart Piggott, Charles Phillips, Christopher Hawkes, Seton Lloyd, Robert J. Braidwood, Gordon R. Willey, C. J. Becker, Sigfried J. De Laet, J. Desmond Clark, D.J. Mulvaney. New York: Thames and Hudson (hardcover, ISBN 0500050511).
  • Harding, D. W. "Christopher Hawkes", in: The Record; 1992. Keble College; pp. 48-51
  • Webster, Diana Bonakis (1991) "Hawkeseye": the early life of Christopher Hawkes. Stroud: Alan Sutton (hardcover, ISBN 0-86299-882-6)
  • Díaz-Andreu, Margarita, Megan Price and Chris Gosden 2009. "Christopher Hawkes, his archive and networks in British and European archaeology". The Antiquaries Journal 89: 1-22 Christopher Hawkes: his archive and networks in British and European archaeology; by Margarita Díaz-Andreu, & Megan Price