STILL, John. Lambeth, London 1880 — Port Arthur, South Africa 9.9.1941. British Tea Planter Author, and Archaeologist in Sri Lanka. Son of Canon John Still and Anna Nitrill, educated at Winchester College. In 1897 emigrated to Ceylon and became a tea planter near Dickoya. In 1.1.1902–31.12.1907 Assistant to the Archaeological Commissioner (H. C. P. Bell), participated in work at Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa. Served in WW I and was Turkish war prisoner in 1915-18. Then lived in England, in 1939 moved to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Much interested in Buddhism. Married with Alice (Winifred Mary) Evans, one daughter and one son.

Publications: Ancient Capitals of Ceylon: Historical Sketches & Guide. 196 p. Colombo 1907.

Index to the Mahawansa: Together with Chronological Table of Wars and Genealogical Trees. 85 p. Colombo 1907.

Articles in JRAS-CB, e.g.: “Notes on the variations of the Copper Massas [coins] of six Sinhalese Rulers”, 18:56, 1905, 398-405, 2 pl.; “Roman Coins found in Ceylon”, 19:58, 1907, 161-190; “Notes on a find of Eldlings made in Anurádhapura”, 19:58, 1907, 191-198, 2 pl.; “Early Copper Coins”, 19:58, 1907, 199-214, 2 pl.; “Tantri-Malai: Some Archaeological observations and deductions”, 22:63, 1910, 73-101, pl. 1-8 & A-F.

A volume of poetry (1919), Prisoner in Turkey (1920), The Jungle Tice (1930).

Sources: Wikipedia.

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