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My supervisor at Cambridge and the final exams


My wife Jane
Colin Renfrew Archaeologist
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Jane was interested in archaeology from a very early age. She'd her own excavation at the age of 12 or 13 and while an undergraduate she had published her first book. She'd been studying the - the papers of an antiquary who had done research in the 17th century, Machell, his name was, and she'd come upon his papers, his manuscript account, so she published a book "Antiquary on Horseback", and, of course, Glyn, who was always interested in people and their life stories both ancient and modern, he made a point of lecturing from this book during his lectures on the history of archaeology, which naturally pleased Jane very much. That's right, and so she went on to do research with Eric Higgs and then wrote her own dissertation on Neolithic plant food remains so that when we went to Eastern Europe to Bulgaria mainly in 1966, she was able to get lots of good samples which the Bulgarian archaeologists were very quick to give her, and then also in Greece, the Theochares who had been excavated in Thessaly, was very keen to have the grains that he'd been recovering properly described so she had a rich body of material from South East Europe which she turned into her own doctoral dissertation some years later.

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: 1 minute, 31 seconds

Date story recorded: January 2008

Date story went live: 14 May 2009