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Gjerstad, Einar

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Author(s): Matthäus, Hartmut
Swedish classical archaeologist and ancient historian. Born Örebro 30. 10. 1897, died Lund 8. 1. 1988. Studied classical archaeology at Uppsala; 1923 and 1924, first excavations (mainly prehistoric) on Cyprus; doctorate 1926 in Uppsala. 1927–1931 organizer of Svenska Cypernexpeditionen (the Swedish Cyprus Expedition; with Alfred Westholm, Erik Sjöqvist and John Lindros). 1935 director of Svenska Institutet i Rom (Swedish Institute at Rome). 1940–1972 prof. of classical archaeology at Lund. During World War II, a Red Cross delegate to Greece. Leading role in the foundation of Sve…