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Fields, sherds and scholars: Recording and interpreting survey ceramics

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Greek pottery sherds

Todd Whitelaw was invited to give the Keynote Lecture at a conference for early career researchers in Athens last month.

Conference: Heritage, Decolonisation and the Field

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UNESCO HQ, Paris (Image courtesy of William Carruthers)

A conference entitled Heritage, Decolonisation and the Field will be held at the Institute in January 2018, for which a call for papers is announced.

New release: "The Economics of Contemporary Latin America", by Beatriz Armendáriz and Felipe Larraín B.

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book cover

UCL Department of Economics Senior Lecturer Beatriz Armendáriz has collaborated with Felipe Larrain B. to produce this publication which studies the historical roots of Latin America’s contemporary economic and social development, focusing on poverty and income inequality dating back to colonial times.  

Mike Parker Pearson leads Stonehenge feedback from a consortium of experts

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Stonehenge (Image courtesy of Adam Sanford, Aerial Cam)

Mike Parker Pearson is part of a group of 21 archaeologists who have argued that a proposed tunnel under Stonehenge would block the sunset view the monument was designed to capture.

Nomadic ecology shaped the highland geography of Asia’s Silk Roads

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Nomadic ecology shaped Asia's Silk Roads

Research co-authored by Tim Williams, published this week in Nature, indicates that mobility patterns of highland nomadic herders influenced the evolution of the Silk Road networks in the mountains of inner Asia.

The gold of Colombia and the legend of El Dorado: New discoveries

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The gold of Colombia and the legend of El Dorado: New discoveries (lecture by Marcos Martinon-Torres)

Marcos Martinón-Torres has been invited, by the Anglo-Colombian Society, to present his research at the Colombian Consulate on 13 March.

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentship at UCL Americas

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We are pleased to announce the success of our bid to gain one of these competitive awards, led by Dr Kate Quinn (UCL Americas) and Dr Elizabeth Cooper (The British Library). The Institute of the Americas (University College London) and the British Library are now inviting applications for the fully-funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship: Future Pasts: British-Caribbean Popular Culture and the Politics of History, 1948-1998. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm, Friday, 14 April 2017 and shortlisted candidates will be invited promptly for interviews held on 24 April 2017.

Kris Lockyear wins Provost's Award for Public Engagement 2017

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LOOMS OF LIFE – weaving and knowledge production in ancient China

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Laoguanshan figurine

An international conference on the amazing 2nd-century BCE Laoguanshan 老官山 tomb finds, jointly convened by CCHH (UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity) and ICCHA (International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology). Time: 30 March 2017, 10–17.00. Place: IAS Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building

Ground-truthing Durrington Walls project voted Research Project of the Year 2017

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Ground-truthing Durrington Walls project voted Research Project of the Year 2017 (Image © and courtesy of Current Archaeology)

The Ground-truthing Durrington Walls project was voted Research Project of the Year 2017 at Current Archaeology's 50th-anniversary conference held recently in London.

Stephen Shennan invited to join second International Scientific Advisory Board

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Stephen Shennan

Stephen Shennan has been invited to join the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena.

"Making Nature: How we see animals" – Wellcome Trust Exhibition with Marcus Coates and Volker Sommer

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Exhibition Poster

Kicking off a year-long exploration into our relationship with nature, this major exhibition examines what we think, feel and value about other species and the consequences this has for the world around us. It brings together over 100 fascinating objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography. Organised around four themes – ‘Ordering’, ‘Displaying’, ‘Observing’ and ‘Making’ – the event charts the changing fashions of museum displays, examines the search for an authentic encounter with nature, and looks at how humans have intentionally altered other organisms.

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