Inaugural Lecture@UCL: David Wengrow

Start: Jan 29, 2013 06:30 PM

Location: UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building

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David Wengrow will give his Inaugural Lecture entitled 'An Archaeology of Political Life, from the Bronze Age to the Kurdish Spring' at UCL on 29 January.  

Inaugural lectures are an opportunity for UCL professors to exhibit to the wider UCL community, and the public outside UCL, a flavour of their intellectual activity and research and for newly promoted professors they are also an opportunity for colleagues to recognise and celebrate the achievements that have led to their promotion.

The Inaugural Lecture will be followed by a reception and all are welcome.


Relationships between states and state-less societies have been a feature of human history for five thousand years. But our understanding of those relationships has often been distorted by inappropriate comparisons between ancient and modern situations, and by the legacy of outdated evolutionary concepts. My lecture will advance an alternative view of human political development, rooted in the evidence of the archaeological record, and will explore its implications for contemporary state-making projects in the Middle East.