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Martin Sinclair Frankland Hood (born 31 January 1917), generally known as Sinclair Hood, is an archaeologist and academic. He was Director of the British School of Archaeology at Athens from 1954 to 1962, and led the excavations at Knossos from 1957 to 1961.[1][2]


Early life and educationEdit

He was born in Queenstown, Ireland, in 1917,[2] the son of a lieutenant commander in the Royal Navy.[2] He received a Master of Arts degree from Magdalen College, Oxford in 1939.[2] During World War II he was a conscientious objector serving with Civil Defence.[2] After the War, in 1947, he received a Diploma in Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of London.[2] He then attended the British School of Archaeology, Athens, and the British Institute of Archaeology, Ankara.[2]

Academic careerEdit

He was assistant director of the British School of Archaeology, Athens, from 1949 to 1951, and served as director 1954-62.[2] His work has been done mostly in Greece and Turkey, but also in then Mandatory Palestine and Crete.[2]


  • The Minoans – Ancient Peoples and Places (Thames & Hudson Ltd 1971)[2][3]
  • The Arts in Prehistoric Greece (Pelican History of Art 1992)[2][3]
  • Prehistoric Emporio and Ayio Gala: V. 1: Excavations in Chios, 1938-55 (British School of Archaeology, 1982)[2][3]
  • With Cadogan, Gerald. Knossos Excavations 1957-61: Early Minoan (BSA, 2011).[2][3]


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