Inaugural Lecture - Professor Mike Parker Pearson (Institute of Archaeology)
Tuesday 6 May 2014 - 6.30pm
Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, South Junction, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Professor Mike Parker Pearson (Institute of Archaeology)
Mike Parker Pearson was formerly Professor of Archaeology at Sheffield University. He has a wide-ranging interest in prehistory, most notably Stonehenge, where he has worked since 2003. He has excavated in many different countries around the world from Easter Island to the Middle East, and has directed long-running projects in Madagascar and the Outer Hebrides. In 2010 he was voted ‘UK Archaeologist of the Year’.
On the Road to Stonehenge
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.