Institute of Archaeology


Other histories of democracy: comparative reflections on Ancient Greece, Mesopotamia and Mesoamerica

18 January 2022

David Wengrow (UCL Institute of Archaeology) has been invited to give one of the British School at Athens' Annual Open Lectures for 2022 on 8 February.

Prof David Wengrow, UCL Institute of Archaeology (Image credit: Tom Jamieson)

David's BSA Lecture, which will take place in-person at the British Academy in London on 8 February, is entitled 'Other histories of democracy: comparative reflections on Ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, and Mesoamerica'. 

The event is free to attend. It will also be live streamed for those unable to attend in-person. Please RSVP to Kate Smith at bsa@britac.ac.uk if you wish to attend in-person. Details on how to register to attend virtually will be made available soon on the BSA website

David Wengrow, Professor of Comparative Archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, is the author of three books, including The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity.

This volume, co-authored with the late David Graeber and published in October 2021 by Penguin, outlines an ambitious new world history, from egalitarian early cities in Mexico and Mesopotamia to part-time kings and queens in Ice Age Europe, bringing together the latest scholarship and archaeological evidence to tell a new story about the last 30,000 years which fundamentally transforms our understanding of the human past.