David Peacock was appointed to the Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton, in 1968, serving it until his death on March 15, 2015. As a scholar he had an international reputation for his studies of ceramic and stone artefacts, and of quarries and trade. He was honoured by the Archaeological Institute of America with the Pomerance Award in 2012, and with the Kenyon Medal by the British Academy in the same year. Within the Department, he enthused cohorts of students, supervised many research candidates, and twice served as Head of Department. In retirement, he founded the Highfield Press to enable research of high quality to be published at reasonable cost.
To honour David’s memory, the Department of Archaeology has established a fund in his name. This will be used to establish bursaries for postgraduate students, both those doing Masters courses and those undertaking doctoral research. It will not be limited to those studying his own particular interests in lithics and ceramics, as he appreciated the work done in the Department in its many varied specialisms, and sought the highest standards for and from all its students. Postgraduate research involves a high level of commitment and expense, for which funding has become increasingly difficult.
Expenditure will depend upon the sum raised; although it is hoped that sufficient will accrue for the annual interest from a capital sum to enable worthwhile grants to be made each year, it is appreciated that drawing down from the capital may be necessary to make that possible.
It is hoped that the Memorial Fund will attract donations from David’s many friends and colleagues, and from former students of the Department of Archaeology, particularly in celebration of its 50th anniversary. It is not proposed to approach other institutions or grant-giving bodies that have their own research agenda to pursue, although if outside bodies indicate that they would like to make a donation, they will of course be very welcome to do so.
The fund is administered by the University of Southampton, and donations can be made by cheque payable to ‘University of Southampton', quoting 502836104 on the back of the cheque. To preserve confidentiality, envelopes should be addressed to:
Lisa Bryan, Archaeology Administrator
Department of Archaeology
Payment can also be made by bank transfer to Lloyds Bank, Account Name University of Southampton, Account Number 01964203, Sort Code 30-00-02, IBAN no. GB81LOYD30000201964203, Swift Address LOYDGB2LCTY.
United Kingdom tax-payers can increase the value of their donation by Gift Aid. The form will appear when the ‘Add to basket’ donation box is clicked, and can be printed off by those sending a cheque, or completed on-line by those paying by bank transfer.
More information can be found here http://go.soton.ac.uk/7us