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Weekend bike trips to visit medieval churches of southern England with his father; an excavation digging in Roman Canterbury at age fourteen. And so Colin Renfrew’s lifelong fascination with the past began. Renfrew talks about his life and career of piecing together ancient fragments, how the field of archaeology has evolved, and what role governments play in this dynamic and political discipline. Renfrew is retired professor of archaeology at the University of Cambridge and fellow of the British Academy.

Lord Colin Renfrew Of Kaimsthorn at the Cambridge University, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Britain

Colin Renfrew. Photo: REX/Shutterstock

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