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John P. Droop
(4 Oct 1882 - 26 Sep 1963)

British archaeologist who was descended from a Dutch family. After graduating from Cambridge University (1904), he was a student and later a member at the British School in Athens, participating in their excavations. His name remains attached to the 'Droop' cup, a particular broad-lipped Greek drinking cup which he described in a publication of his findings. From 1911, he worked with director T. Eric Peet in the Egypt Exploration Fund at Abydos (Egypt). Droop worked for the Admiralty from WW I to 1921, then moved to the University of Liverpool where he remained until his retirement in 1948.

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...I may perhaps venture a short word on the question much discussed in certain quarters, whether in the work of excavation it is a good thing to have cooperation between men and women ... Of a mixed dig ... I have seen something, and it is an experiment that I would be reluctant to try again. I would grant if need be that women are admirable fitted for the work, yet I would uphold that they should undertake it by themselves ... the work of an excavator on the dig and off it lays on those who share it a bond of closer daily intercourse than is conceivable ... between men and women, except in chance cases, I do not believe that such close and unavoidable companionship can ever be other than a source of irritation; at any rate, I believe that however it may affect women, the ordinary male at least cannot stand it ... A minor ... objection lies in one particular form of contraint ... moments will occur on the best regulated dig when you want to say just what you think without translation, which before the ladies, whatever their feelings about it, cannot be done.
— John P. Droop
Archaeological Excavation (1915), 63-64. In Getzel M. Cohen and Martha Sharp Joukowsky Breaking Ground (2006), 557-558. By (), 163-164.
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