Leonard Cottrell (kŏ´trəl, kətrĕl´), 1913–, British author and archaeologist, grad. King Edward's Grammar School, Birmingham. He was a commentator, writer, and producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation until 1960, when he resigned to devote himself to writing. During World War II he was stationed in the Mediterranean with the Royal Air Force as a war correspondent. Among his many books are The Bull of Minos (1958), The Great Invasion (1958), Realms of Gold (1963), Egypt (1965), and Lost Civilizations (1974). He was the editor of the Concise Encyclopaedia of Archaeology (1965).