Our good friend and colleague Fiona Roe died peacefully in her sleep at home surrounded by her family on 1st March 2015. Fiona had suffered with dignity from a brain tumour and cancer of her nervous system for more than a year, during which time she strove with characteristic determination to complete as much of her archaeological tasks as she was able. The Thanksgiving Service, held in her memory at Hillesley Parish Church, Gloucestershire was a truly memorable occasion when a large group of her friends and colleagues drawn from widely different backgrounds, gathered together to share in her rite of passage and to enjoy exchanging fond memories of Fiona.
Ruth Shaffrey (Oxford Archaeology South), a personal friend, will edit a collection of invited contributions into a Memorial Volume. This will be a book on prehistoric nonflint stone artefacts. A range of papers will cover some of the major stone objects that were fundamental to the daily lives of the prehistoric people of the UK, from axes to querns, from Mesolithic to Iron Age. The papers will vary in their approach – some will focus on advances in petrological analysis, others on form and function but all will be new and original research.
Fiona had been an active Member of the IPC/IPG since the mid 1970s, and it is fitting that six IPG Members will contribute to the publication.