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Colin Renfrew

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Renee Gruner-Mitchell

on 7 October 2014

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General Facts
Colin Renfrew was born in the U.K. in 1937
He's currently 77 years old
He holds the title of Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn
Renfrew is married to Lady Jane Renfrew
After high school, Renfrew served in the Royal Air Force for two years
In 1965, he became the lecturer in the department of Prehistory and Archeology at the University of Sheffield
In 1972, Renfrew worked at the University of South Hampton as a Professor of Archeology
For several years he was employed at the University of Cambridge, until he retired in 2004, and was a Master of Jesus College from 1986 to 1997

He directed excavations in Greece, on more than one occasion, and in Scotland as well
In 1968 Renfrew was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and two years later for Scotland
He published many books
Colin Renfrew held the elected post of
Disney Professor of Archeology for the
University of Cambridge for 23 years
In 1991, he was awarded life peerage,
which allowed him to choose his
current title
Finally, in 2004 he was awarded the Balzan
Prize in Prehistoric Archaeology
The Anatolian Hypothesis
Challenges the Kurganic Theory, the original speakers of Proto-Indo-European (PIE) were from Russia
Renfrew's hypothesis is that the first speakers of PIE were from eastern Anatolia during 6000 B.C.
Encouraged further research into IE orgins
proved the popular belief to be inconsistent
As a child, Renfrew attended St. Albans School in Hertfordshire, England
In the late 1950's, he went to St. John's College in Cambridge
Colin studied Archeology and Anthropology
He graduated in 1962
Colin Renfrew
Archeology: Theories, Methods and Practice
Prehistory: The Making of the Human Mind
Archeology and Language: The Puzzle of Indo-European Origins
Before Civilization: Radiocarbon Revolution and Prehistoric Europe
Loot, Legitimacy and Ownership: The Ethical Crisis in Archeology
Past Worlds Collins Atlas Of Archeology
Figuring It Out: What Are We? Where Do We Come From?
The Ancient Mind: Elements of Cognitive Archeology



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