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Studying Obsidian to build up a picture of trading networks


My first published paper
Colin Renfrew Archaeologist
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I think probably the first paper I published on that sort of area was - arose from my work in Crete in the Cyclades, and when I went to look up Cycladic connections in Crete, when I went to the Heraklion Museum, I knocked on the door of Dr Alexiou whom I'd already met with Squire Hutchinson, and he gave me access to everything, I was able to look at all the supposedly Cycladic imports, some of which were Cycladic but others were not, and so I wrote an article called "Crete and the Cyclades Before Rhadamanthos", who was a great mythological figure, and Dr Alexiou invited me to publish that in his periodical, "Kretika Chronica" . So that was one of my first publications.

Baron Renfrew of Kaimsthorn is a British archaeologist known for his work on the dispersal of the Proto-Indo-Europeans and the prehistory of PIE languages. He has been Disney Professor of Archaeology at Cambridge as well as Master of Jesus College and Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

Listeners: Paul Bahn

Paul Bahn studied archaeology at Cambridge where he did his doctoral thesis on the prehistory of the French Pyrenees. He is now Britain's foremost specialist on Ice Age art and on Easter Island, and led the team which discovered Britain's first Ice Age cave art at Creswell Crags, Nottinghamshire, in 2003. He has authored and edited numerous books, including Journey Through the Ice Age, The Enigmas of Easter Island, Mammoths, The Cambridge Illustrated History of Prehistoric Art, and, with Colin Renfrew, Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice which was published in its 5th edition in 2008.

Duration: 52 seconds

Date story recorded: January 2008

Date story went live: 14 May 2009