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A visit to the USA


Moving to Sheffield University
Colin Renfrew Archaeologist
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Well in 1965, we moved to Sheffield, to the University of Sheffield, which was a relatively new department. Professor Robert Hopper was a great empire builder. He was the professor of ancient history but then they moved ancient history and archaeology and so Warwick Bray, who was a specialist in Latin American archaeology as well European archaeology, had gone up there, and was the first lecturer there and they were expanding the department and so I applied and got the job. And so Warwick and I were then teaching the course which we built up into a complete degree course in - in prehistory and archaeology, and Robert Hopper was a wonderful empire builder. He sort of got students to apply and packed them in and used the student staff:staff student ratio to get more staff so gradually the department built up really very well. And so it has, over the years, turned into a major department and it's now, in terms of numbers, it must be second or third in the UK in terms of the number of students doing archaeology. And so it was great fun really, putting together a degree course having quite recently come from being at the receiving end and so Warwick and I both specialised originally in European prehistory so we built that up into shape in quite an effective way.

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, 33 seconds

Date story recorded: January 2008

Date story went live: 14 May 2009