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Inaugural Lecture@UCL: Mike Parker Pearson

Publication date: Jan 8, 2014 5:21:31 PM

Start: May 6, 2014 6:30:00 PM

Location: UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building

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Mike Parker Pearson will give his Inaugural Lecture entitled 'On the Road to Stonehenge' at UCL on 6 May.

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.

Abstract

Stonehenge is one of the greatest mysteries of world prehistory. As an architectural project, its scope has seemed beyond the capabilities of Neolithic society, leading to widespread speculation about lost civilizations and even extra-terrestrials. The last decade of archaeological research has produced a wealth of new information about this mysterious stone circle and the people who built it. The results of the latest excavations and scientific analyses are providing major insights into questions such as why Stonehenge was built and why some of its stones were brought from nearly 200 miles away.