O. G. S. Crawford (28 October 1886 – 28 November 1957) was a British
archaeologist who specialised in the study of prehistoric Britain and
the archaeology of Sudan. After overseeing the excavation of Abu Geili
in Sudan, he served during the First World War in the London Scottish
Regiment and the Royal Flying Corps, performing ground and aerial
reconnaissance along the Western Front. After the war, he obtained
aerial photographs produced by the Royal Air Force and identified the
extent of the Stonehenge Avenue, excavating it in 1923. With the
archaeologist Alexander Keiller he conducted an aerial survey of many
counties in southern England and raised the finances to secure land
around Stonehenge for The National Trust. In 1927 he established the
scholarly journal Antiquity, which drew contributions from many of
Britain's most prominent archaeologists, and in 1939 he served as
president of The Prehistoric Society. His contributions to British
archaeology, including in Antiquity and the field of aerial archaeology,
have been widely acclaimed, and his photographic archive has remained
useful to archaeologists into the 21st century.
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