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Following in the Footsteps of Hawkes: Forgotten Archives in the British Museum

Start: Apr 29, 2015 05:15 PM
End: Apr 29, 2015 06:15 PM

Location: UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Following in the Footsteps of Hawkes: Forgotten Archives in the British Museum

Jennifer Wexler (MicroPasts Project, Department Of Britain, Europe & Prehistory, British Museum) will give a seminar organised by the Institute's History of Archaeology Research Network on 29 April.

Abstract

Christopher Hawkes, FSA is considered one of the key figures in the development of the Prehistoric British archaeology in the early-mid 20th century. As the former Assistant Keeper of Prehistory in the Department of British and Medieval Antiquities at the British Museum, he not only conducted research on the museum’s collections but also advised on a number of archaeological projects going on across the country as his reputation continued to grow as an authority in prehistoric archaeology, particularly the archaeology of the Bronze Age.

This talk will draw upon some of the recently rediscovered archives connected to various projects that Hawkes was involved in, particularly the Reffley Wood Project and the National Bronze Age Index.  It will examine how he used these projects to both expand his influence and transform British archaeology.​

All welcome!

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Amara Thornton.