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From the Vice-Chancellor

Vale Emeritus Professor Tony Sagona

3 July 2017


With sorrow I share a message from Dean of the Faculty of Arts Mark Considine communicating the loss of a distinguished member of the University of Melbourne community last week:

It is with great sadness that I write to say that Emeritus Professor Antonio Sagona passed away last Thursday evening. Tony was a member of the University of Melbourne community for over three decades. He completed his PhD - on the archaeology of the Caucasian region in the Early Bronze Age - at the University in 1984, and in the same year was appointed as a lecturer in Archaeology. In 2006 he was appointed to a full Professorship.

Tony was an inspiring teacher, who could hold an audience while he explained how new excavations in Turkey revealed the story of humankind moving from being hunter-gatherers to being farmers who first began to build settlements. More recently he made major contributions to the excavation of the Gallipoli peninsula, including a book in 2016 on the archaeology of the battlefield, as well as numerous public talks on the archaeological findings of this research.

His contributions were recognised by election to the Society of Antiquities in London in 2004 and to the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2005, and by the honour of Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2013.

Colleagues at the University extend deepest sympathies to Claudia Sagona and family, and to all Tony’s colleagues and friends in the Faculty of Arts and beyond.

Glyn Davis