Sybille Haynes

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Sybille Haynes (born July 3, 1926 in Leverkusen ) is a German-British Etruscanologist .

Born Sybille Edith Overhoff, twin sister of the archaeologist Elfriede Knauer , she studied classical archeology , ancient history , art history and ethnology at the University of Frankfurt and the University of Munich and specialized in Etruscology. In 1950 she received her doctorate in Frankfurt under Guido Kaschnitz von Weinberg . From 1951 until his death in 1994 she was married to Denys Haynes , head of the Greco-Roman department of the British Museum in London .

The archaeologist worked as a voluntary curator at the museum for 25 years . She set up the Etruscan collection there. Haynes has lived in Oxford since 1985 . For her longstanding commitment, she was accepted as a member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Haynes published a large number of scientific, popular scientific and also fictional writings on the history and culture of the Etruscans . She is a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute . She translated several of her own English-language books as well as works by other authors into German.



  • Philip Perkins, Judith Swaddling (Eds.): Etruscan by Definition. Papers in Honor of Sybille Haynes , British Museum, London 2009 ISBN 978-0861591732 .

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