Lord Colin Renfrew has been an influential and innovative archaeologist for more than three decades. His groundbreaking research has provoked theoretical debate on archaeological methods and interpretation. He will present this year's John and Penelope Biggs Lecture in the Classics titled "Becoming Human: The Cognitive Archaeology of Humankind" at 4 p.m., March 22 in Graham Chapel, as part of the Assembly Series.
Renfrew is internationally renowned for his contributions to archaeological science, including his work on radiocarbon dating, European prehistory, DNA and archaeogenetics, and the origins of language. In the 1980s, he was a pioneer in the development of social archaeology, that focuses on the dynamics of social relationships in the past and their role in archaeological interpretation. He has dedicated himself to the prevention of looting of archaeological sites, and raising awareness of the ethical aspects of his profession.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Colin Renfrew expands our understanding of cognitive archaeology in Assembly Series lecture