University of Chicago archaeologist who led the study of prehistoric Middle East cultures. In his decades-long career he uncovered among the earliest known human structures and tools, as well as the earliest clothing piece.
He began his archaeologic research by traveling to Syria in 1933 to work on a team under James Henry Breasted.
He received the the Gold Medal Award from the Archaeological Institute of America in 1971.
His wife Linda S. Braidwood, also a trained archaeologist, helped out on much of his work.
Mary Leakey was another prominent archaeologist - she studied stone-age tools made by prehistoric African civilizations.