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BIAA Condolences Message for the Death of Dr Jim Coulton

BIAA Condolences Message for the Death of Dr Jim Coulton

Members of the BIAA have been deeply sorrowed by the news that Dr J. J. Coulton, Emeritus Reader in Classical Archaeology at Oxford University, died at home in Edinburgh on 1st August 2020.  Jim Coulton, a classical archaeologist specializing in architectural studies, brought a new direction to the BIAA’s work from the late 1970s, first by conducting the topographical and archaeological survey at Oinoanda under Alan Hall’s direction, and then by undertaking his own multi-period survey at Balboura between 1985 and 1993.  The two-volume Balboura publication in 2012, ranging from the prehistoric to the Ottoman period, is a landmark study in the history and archaeology of south-west Turkey.  Jim served for many years on the BIAA Council, and was editor of the BIAA monograph series during the 1990s and early 2000s.  His advice and support were immeasurably important for a generation of younger scholars who worked with him in the field in Turkey and under his supervision in Oxford.  He inspired colleagues and the BIAA staff by his example and high standards.  One of his Balboura team members writes, “He was such a major part of our lives and our scholarly development”, and Nicholas Milner, for many years BIAA Honorary Treasurer, adds, “I owe him an enormous debt of gratitude for introducing me to Classical Archaeology in Turkey and the lifelong study of Greek Epigraphy which has flowed from that fieldwork, and then his unstinting advice, and his constant friendship and support over all these years.”

 At this sad time, we extend our deepest sympathy to his widow, Mary Coulton.

Photo courtesy of Professor R. R. R. Smith

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