Charles Leonard Woolley

Charles Leonard Woolley was born in London in 1880. His first name was Charles, but he was known as Leonard throughout his life.

At college he decided that he wanted to become an archaeologist.

Archaeologists learn by taking part in excavations. In 1908 Woolley left his job at a museum and joined an excavation in Nubia.

Woolley was trained by some of the best archaeologists working in Egypt, Syria and Iraq. Eventually he was appointed as the director of several digs. The most famous was at the site of Carchemish.

Woolley and his workmen at Carchemish, spring 1913