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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 119  1999  page 428

OBITUARIES

a result of his quiet, informed diplomacy a number of historic buildings were saved from demolition.
   He gave invaluable practical help in producing the New Records Series for the Society as a very positive contribution to the work of the Publications Committee, of which he was a long-serving member and whose wise advice was much appreciated.
   He was equally active in Surrey and Sussex. He had been a member of the Surrey Archaeological Society from the age of 14, later very active on the Council and a Vice-President. As Chairman of the Surrey Local History Council he organised its publications and annual conference for many years.
   Kenneth was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in his thirties and was a benefactor to its Library as also to the Collections of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Archaeological Societies. He was a keen and knowledgeable photographer and the largest single contributor of pictures to the National Monument Record.
   Kenneth's friendly, helpful nature and invariable kindness and good manners will all be long remembered by his many friends and colleagues.
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A. P. DETSICAS, B.A., M.A., D.Litt., F.S.A., F.S.A.Scot

Alec Detsicas died on 24 December 1999, aged 73.
   I had the good fortune to be among the many students who benefited from the eight annual Eccles Training Excavations run by Alec Detsicas with Arthur Harrison in the late 1960s/early 70s. To someone just dipping their toes into the world of archaeology, this was the ideal introduction: an opportunity to take part in the meticulously organised excavation of a significant site, learning excavation techniques, methods of surveying and field recording, and being treated to first-rate lectures on and off site. I can still remember being mesmerised by Stuart Rigold, on Saxon Shore forts, fascinated by Professor Strong's introduction to Romano-Celtic sculpture, being cooked by the lantern-slide projector used for Lt Col Meates' talk on Lullingstone, and, finally, masterfully led through Roman Kent by Alec himself. Alec's lectures, like his excavation, were clearly structured and backed up by deep and thorough scholarship. They were also witty, clever, sometimes idiosyncratic, for he was at his most fulfilled on site, animated, eager to communicate his enthusiasm to a willing audience. A memorable experience, although if you stepped out of line, fell below the expected standards, the schoolmaster in him soon let you know, and his tongue could be acerbic as well as honeyed.

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