A history of true civilisation is not one of monuments

An interesting intellectual piece written by the head of the section @davidwengrow

worth reading!!





Off the Record, Thursday 22nd March: Women in small scale societies: demographic archaeology as a tool for the study of women and gender in the past


We’re very pleased that the final ‘Off the Record’ lunchtime seminar of the term will be given by Jennifer French, who will be speaking about:

Women in small scale societies: demographic archaeology as a tool for the study of women and gender in the past.

Thursday 22nd March, 12-1pm in room B13 (please note the change from the usual day).  All welcome!

Off the Record J French 22.03.18



Off the Record, Friday 9th March: The Art of the Butcher: 16th and 17th century paintings and what they reveal about archaeology


We are looking forward to next week’s Off the Record lunchtime seminar, which promises to be a fascinating one.  Andrew Reid will be discussing:

The Art of the Butcher: 16th and 17th century paintings and what they reveal about archaeology

Friday 9th March, 12-1pm in room B13.

The Butcher’s Shop – Carracci

All welcome!

Off the Record, Friday 9th February: Bronze Age Catacomb Cultural and Historical Community


We are very pleased to welcome Kateryna Minakova (Dnipro University of Humanities) to give an ‘Off the Record’ World Archaeology Section seminar. A lecture about Bronze Age Catacomb Cultural and Historical Community – what do we know about it and what secrets are not discovered yet.

Would you replace the head of your dead relative with a goat’s skull? Nothing strange if you grow up in the catacomb culture! 

The Catacomb culture (c. 2800–2200 BC) is a group of related cultures in the early Bronze Age, occupying essentially what is present-day eastern Ukraine and southern Russia.

The culture applied cord-imprinted decorations to its pottery and shows a profuse use of the polished battle axe, providing a link to the Corded Ware culture in the West. Parallels with the Afanasevo culture, including artificial cranial deformations, provide a link to the East. It was preceded by the Yamna culture. The Catacomb culture in the Pontic steppe was succeeded in the west by the Multi-cordoned ware culture from the 22nd century BC, and the Srubna culture from the 17th century BC onwards.

All welcome!

Archaeological Heritage of Northern Chile

Miguel Fuentes, a PhD student and member of the World Archaeology section, has sent two short films relating to his research project.

This audio-visual material, developed in the framework of my doctoral research “Inca Expansion and Local Populations in the Highlands of Arica”, aims to collaborate with the promotion of the archaeological and cultural heritage of the indigenous communities and local populations of Northern Chile.

One of my goals with the release of this material is related to the fulfilment of the necessary social retribution in which researchers and intellectual workers must be engaged.

The Inca Tambo of Zapahuira and its surroundings (Arica Highlands – Chile)

The Inca Tambo of Zapahuira, located in the area of Putre in the Arica Region, was an Inca settlement that would have played a vital role in the functioning of the Inca road network of the Lluta and Azapa Valleys.

It has also been suggested that this site would have played the role of an administrative centre for the presence of the Tawantinsuyo in the area. In addition to the two Inca kanchas that characterize this site, there are important agricultural infrastructure works in the surroundings, such as the numerous cultivation terraces that cover the nearby slopes and the traces of old irrigation canals.

The Metallurgical-Ceremonial Centre of Huaycuta and the Collcas of Zapahuira (Arica Highlands – Chile)

The archaeological site of Huaycuta, located at the top of Cerro Sombrero and around two kilometres west of the modern town of Zapahuira, is characterized by the presence of several circular structures and stone alignments. This site would have constituted an important Metallurgical and Local Ceremonial Centre of the Late Intermediate Period and possibly during the Inca expansion.

In the case of Zapahuira Collcas, emplaced nearby Huaycuta, this site is formed by several rectangular units interpreted as Incan enclosures associated with storage functions.

Several groupings of isolated structures, land demarcations, chullpas and a possible Local Plaza can be found in the surroundings.

If any other section members have films or photographs of their research that they would like to share, please email us!