J. Desmond Clark
I was very saddened to hear of the
death of Desmond Clark. His extraordinary achievements in African
archaeology will be an enduring monument, and a measure of what
an extraordinary man can achieve in one lifetime. His work is something
we all still call on. At a personal level I consider one of my most
treasured books a copy of the Stone Age Cultures of the Horn of
Africa, inscribed to Miles Burkitt. The first time I met him was
when, as an undergraduate at Cambridge, I was invited as 'the token
student' to the celebration when he was awarded his Sc.D. The inivitation
was to 'tea' and I turned up in casual clothes and sandals on a
very hot afternoon - only to find the Cambridge great and good in
dinner jackets, gowns and caps. Desmond went out of his way to make
me feel at home - "you're the only person sensibly dressed"
he shouted out.
-Robert Foley, University of Cambridge