About Lorraine Copeland
Lorraine Copeland (born Elizabeth Lorraine Adie, 1921, died 27 April 2013) was an archaeologist specialising in the Palaeolithic period of the Near East. She was a secret agent with the Special Operations Executive during World War II.
Lorraine Copeland was born in Scotland, the daughter of a prominent Harley Street neurosurgeon. She was educated at Wycombe Abbey, and worked for British Intelligence during the Second World War, in the Special Operations Executive. She met her American husband, Miles Copeland, during this period, when he was based in the U.K. during the war, undertaking counter-intelligence for the OSS (Office of Strategic Services). They married on 25 September 1942 at St Mary's Church, Great Portland Street, London. Soon afterwards Miles’ work took them to the Near East, particularly Syria, Lebanon and Egypt, and it was whilst in this area that Lorraine first developed her interest in archaeology.
Lorraine and Miles had four children: Miles (born on 2 May 1944), Ian (born on 25 April 1949), Lorraine, known as Lennie (a writer and film producer) and Stewart (born on 16 July 1952). Miles Snr. died in 1991, and Ian died in 2006.
Lorraine Copeland has worked in the field of Palaeolithic archaeology for over fifty years, and is associated with the Institute of Archaeology in London. She has had a festschrift published in her honour.
Copeland, Lorraine and Waechter, John (1968) "The Stone Industries of Abri Bergy, Lebanon" Bulletin of the Institute of Archaeology, University of London 7, 15-36. Copeland, Lorraine (1975) "The Middle and Upper Paleolithic of Lebanon and Syria in the Light of Recent Research" in Fred Wendorf and Anthony E. Marks, eds., Problems in Prehistory: North Africa and the Levant Dallas.
Copeland, Lorraine and Hours, Francis (eds) (1989) The Hammer on the Rock: Studies in the Early Palaeolithic of Azraq, Jordan. Maison de L'Orient Méditerranéen C.N.R.S.-Université Lumière-Lyon 2, Lyon, France, Archaeological Series No. 5 BAR S540. ISBN 0 86054 686 1
Sanlaville, Paul; Besançon, Jacques; Copeland, Lorraine and Muhesen, Sultan (1993) Le Paléolithique de la vallée moyenne de l’Oronte (Syrie): peuplement et environement BAR S587. ISBN 0 86054 747 7 Copeland, Lorraine and Moloney, Norah (eds) (1998) The Mousterian Site of Ras el-Kelb, Lebanon BAR IS 706. ISBN 0 86054 939 9
Aurenche, Olivier; Le Mière, Marie and Sanlaville, Paul (eds) (2004) From the River to the Sea: The Paleolithic and the Neolithic on the Euphrates and in the Northern Levant. Studies in honour of Lorraine Copeland Maison de l’Orient Méditerranéen BAR S1263 ISBN 1841716219. A full bibliography of Lorraine Copeland's work is provided in this volume.