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Moving to Sheffield University


Honeymoon in Paris and job offers
Colin Renfrew Archaeologist
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Jane and I were in Paris on our honeymoon, we were married in 1965, and went to Paris on our honeymoon. Glyn, for our - for a wedding present gave us two things. One was some guide books to the best restaurants in Paris, some of which we visited, and another was an introduction to Dorothy Garrod who was the predecessor of Graham Clarke as Professor of Archaeology, Disney Professor of Archaeology in Cambridge, and she lived in France, so it was very nice that she invited us to lunch and we had a very pleasant lunch with her. She was obviously a great figure in the archaeology of earlier days, she'd excavated in Gibraltar, she’d excavated in the Near East and she was excavating in France in the Paleolithic at that time and so it was very pleasant to meet up with her. And then while we were in Paris we had a telegram from Glyn saying that I had been offered a research fellowship in St John's and obviously, as always when you finish your research, what next is always the big question, but I'd also applied for a job in Sheffield and that job came through so the question became what do you do when you have two job offers and it seemed wisest really to accept the Sheffield job because that what was what one might call a tenure track position, it wasn't going to end after three years necessarily whereas the research fellowship would, but then they were very nice in Cambridge and they suggested that I could perhaps keep the research fellowship. I wouldn't have two salaries, it would become non-stipendiary but if I wanted to go down to Cambridge once a week and supervise and Professor Hopper, my director of - my director, the head of department in Sheffield, agreed to that, so I was able to keep a toe in the Cambridge scene in that way, and if one has been an undergraduate it's obviously very nice to become a fellow of a college and see the Cambridge world from the other side of the fence. So that was a very pleasant thing to do.

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: 2 minutes, 12 seconds

Date story recorded: January 2008

Date story went live: 14 May 2009