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Colin Renfrew

Andrew Colin Renfrew F.B.A.
(Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn)

Born 25th July 1937, married Jane M. Ewbank in 1965, three children (Helena, Alban and Magnus).

Present position:
  • Disney Professor of Archaeology, University of Cambridge
  • Director, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

Short Curriculum Vitae

Current Research Interests
  • Theory of archaeology
  • European prehistory (especially the Aegean)
  • Archaeological science (with particular interest in DNA and molecular genetics)
  • Origins of linguistic diversity

Previous Appointments Held
  • University of Southampton, Archaeology Department, Professor, 1972-81
  • University of Sheffield, Prehistory and Archaeology Department, Lecturer and Reader, 1965-72

Previous External Appointments Held
  • Member, Ancient Monuments and Advisory Committee (HMBC) 1984-2001
  • Member, Ancient Monuments Board for England, 1974-84
  • Member, Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, 1983-86
  • Chairman, Science and Conservation Panel (HMBC) 1983-86
  • Royal Commission on Historic Monuments (England) 1976-1985
  • Chairman, Archaeological Committee (RCHM) 1979-83
  • Member, Science-Based Archaeological Committee, SERC, 1979-83

  • BA, MA; PhD, ScD (University of Cambridge)

Selected Publications
  • 1972 The Emergence of Civilisation: The Cyclades and the Aegean in The Third Millennium BC. London, Methuen.
  • 1973 Before Civilisation, the Radiocarbon Revolution and Prehistoric Europe. London, Cape. (1973, New York, Knopf; 1976 London, Penguin; 1979 New York, Cambridge University Press; 1979, Tokyo, Iwanami Gendai Sensho; 1984 Paris, Flammarion.)
  • 1987 Archaeology and Language: The Puzzle of the Indo-European Origins. London, Jonothan Cape. (Rome, La Terza, 1989; Paris, Flammarion,1990; Barcelona, Editorial Critica, 1990; New York, Cambridge University Press, 1991.)
  • 1991 Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice. London, Thames and Hudson (with Paul Bahn).(3rd edition, 2000)
  • 2000 Loot, Legitimacy and Ownership, the Ethical Crisis in Archaeology. London: Duckworth

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