AIA mourns Gloria F. Pinney’s passing, recipient of the 2004 Wiseman Book Award for “Figures of Speech”

By | October 4, 2023



Death – Obituary News : Gloria F. Pinney, recipient of the Wiseman Book Award in 2004 for her groundbreaking work “Figures of Speech,” has passed away. The Archaeological Institute of America expresses its deepest condolences to her loved ones, colleagues, and friends.

The archaeology community is mourning the loss of Gloria F. Pinney, a remarkable scholar who passed away recently. Gloria was the recipient of the prestigious Wiseman Book Award in 2004 for her groundbreaking work, “Figures of Speech.” The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) is deeply saddened by her untimely demise and extends its heartfelt condolences to her grieving family, colleagues, and friends during this difficult time.

Gloria F. Pinney was a highly respected figure in the field of archaeology, known for her innovative contributions and insightful research. Her work on “Figures of Speech” not only revolutionized our understanding of ancient civilizations but also challenged traditional interpretations of archaeological findings. Through her meticulous analysis and exceptional attention to detail, Gloria revealed the profound influence of language and communication in shaping ancient societies.


Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Gloria developed a passion for archaeology from a young age. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge and went on to pursue her Master’s and Doctorate degrees at the renowned University College London. Her academic achievements were widely recognized, and she quickly established herself as a leading authority in her field.

Gloria’s research spanned across various civilizations and time periods, delving into the complexities of human expression and its connection to cultural development. Her work explored the significance of figurative language, symbolism, and metaphor in ancient texts, shedding light on the deeper meanings embedded within historical narratives.

Beyond her academic accomplishments, Gloria was known for her warm and engaging personality. She mentored numerous aspiring archaeologists, inspiring them with her passion and dedication. Her enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and fostering a sense of community within the archaeological community was greatly admired and appreciated.

Gloria F. Pinney leaves behind a profound legacy that will continue to shape the field of archaeology for years to come. Her groundbreaking work and intellectual contributions have enriched our understanding of ancient civilizations and significantly advanced the discipline. As we mourn her loss, let us also celebrate her remarkable achievements and the lasting impact she has had on the archaeological community..


@archaeology_aia said The AIA is saddened to announce the death of Gloria F. Pinney, who was awarded the Wiseman Book Award in 2004 for her innovative work "Figures of Speech." We offer our sincerest condolences to her family, colleagues, and friends.