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Honouring Honor Frost

'As early as 1958, she took part in the first excavation of a 13th-century BC Bronze Age shipwreck.'

IMAGE: Editsicinf/Wikimedia Commons

Last month marked the 70th anniversary of the first dive made by Honor Frost (1917-2010): down a well in a garden in Wimbledon. Despite the freezing water, she was immediate hooked on diving, and soon underwent training on the wreck of a Roman ship in the south of France.

This led to dives across the Mediterranean, developing techniques for underwater excavation and becoming a pioneer in the field of maritime archaeology โ€“ a rare female figure in a field vastly dominated by men at the time.

Talking about her legacy, Alison Cathie, Chair of the Honor Frost Foundation Board of Trustees, said: โ€˜As early as 1958, she took part in the first excavation of a 13th-century BC Bronze Age shipwreck. Her exquisite drawings, meticulous attention to detail, and her brilliant professionalism soon established her reputation.โ€™

You can read more about the life and legacy of Honor Frost in The Past's sister magazine Minerva.