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V. Gordon Childe

1892 - 1957

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Vere Gordon Childe (14 April 1892 – 19 October 1957) was an Australian Marxist archaeologist who specialised in the study of European prehistory. He spent most of his life in the United Kingdom, working as an academic for the University of Edinburgh and then the Institute of Archaeology, London. He wrote twenty-six books during his career. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of V. Gordon Childe has received more than 426,000 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 44 in 2019). V. Gordon Childe is the 10th most popular archaeologist (down from 7th in 2019), the 24th most popular biography from Australia (down from 21st in 2019) and the most popular Australian Archaeologist.

Gordon Childe was a British archaeologist who was the first to use the term "Neolithic Revolution" to describe the development of agriculture and the domestication of animals.

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Among archaeologists, V. Gordon Childe ranks 10 out of 104Before him are Howard Carter, Arthur Evans, Edward Drinker Cope, Zahi Hawass, Marija Gimbutas, and George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon. After him are Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, Ciriaco de' Pizzicolli, Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, Oscar Montelius, Aurel Stein, and Flinders Petrie.

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Among people born in 1892, V. Gordon Childe ranks 48Before him are Alexandre Koyré, Władysław Anders, Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet, Bolesław Bierut, E. H. Carr, and Nikolai Kondratiev. After him are Oswald Pohl, Mary Pickford, Margaret Rutherford, Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria, József Mindszenty, and Erich Auerbach. Among people deceased in 1957, V. Gordon Childe ranks 33Before him are Eliot Ness, Erich von Stroheim, Heinrich Otto Wieland, Heinrich Hoffmann, Jože Plečnik, and Richard E. Byrd. After him are Prince George of Greece and Denmark, Maurice Garin, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Beniamino Gigli, José Leandro Andrade, and James Brendan Connolly.

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Among people born in Australia, V. Gordon Childe ranks 24 out of 925Before him are Peter Singer (1946), Lionel Logue (1880), Margaret Court (1942), Tamam Shud case (1903), John Eccles (1903), and Elizabeth Blackburn (1948). After him are Margot Robbie (1990), Alexander Prokhorov (1916), Peter Weir (1944), Joan Sutherland (1926), Ned Kelly (1855), and Robin Warren (1937).


Among archaeologists born in Australia, V. Gordon Childe ranks 1After him are Grafton Elliot Smith (1871).