Juliet Clutton-Brock

13 November 2015

Juliet Clutton-Brock at the Institute of Archaeology, 1982 (Photo © Caroline Grigson)

Institute staff, students, friends and colleagues will be saddened to hear of the recent death of Juliet Clutton-Brock.

Institute alumna, Juliet, was a pioneer in the subject area of archaeozoology. She undertook a course in archaeological techniques at the Institute of Archaeology in the early 1950s, where she first met Frederick Zeuner, Professor of Environmental Archaeology. After obtaining a first class BSc degree in zoology from the Chelsea College of Science and Technology, Juliet returned to the Institute and completed, under Zeuner, a PhD on animal remains from archaeological excavations in India and western Asia while also taking courses given by Gordon Childe, Max Mallowan and Kathleen Kenyon.

While the majority of Juliet’s research career was spent at the Natural History Museum (1969-1993), she organised, with Institute of Archaeology Honorary Professor, Caroline Grigson, the meeting of the International Council for Archaeozoology at the Institute in 1982.

Juliet was elected a Fellow of both the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Zoological Society of London. One of her best known works was her 1987 volume (2nd ed. 1999) published by Cambridge University Press entitled A natural history of domesticated mammals. Her most recent work was on Animals as domesticates: a world view through history (published by Michigan State University Press in 2012).

Our thoughts go out to her family and friends at this difficult time.



Juliet Clutton-Brock in the Osteology Room at the Natural History Museum (© Caroline Grigson)