"Collecting the Right Way" with Colin Renfrew



Professor Colin Renfrew‘s tour, entitled “Collecting the Right Way” looked at finds from the Royal Graves at Ur in Iraq, from Mayan Tikal, from the excavations of the mummies of Pachacamac in Peru, and from Memphis in Egypt. He used these to discuss the ethics of excavating and collecting, and the merits of the once popular but now rare “partage” system.

Colin Renfrew, Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, received his PhD from Cambridge University writing his thesis on Neolithic and Bronze Age Cultures of the Cyclades and their external relations. After receiving his degree in 1965, he joined the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology of the University of Sheffield. In 1972, he became Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton. He took up the position of Disney Professor of Archaeology at Cambridge University in 1981. In 1990, he was appointed Director of Cambridge’s McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. He directed excavations at Sitagroi and Phylakopi in Greece and Quanterness in Orkney. He has been a member of the Ancient Monuments Board for England, the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, the Ancient Monuments and Advisory Committee of the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, and the Managing Council for the British School at Athens. He is the author of numerous books including Loot, Legitimacy and Ownership: The Ethical Crisis in Archaeology (2000).

Professor Renfrew is recipient of the 2009 SAFE Beacon Award.

Past tour
Sunday, January 11, 2009, University of Pennsylvania Museum 2:30 PM

“Colin Renfrew was a wonderful guide. He was knowledgeable about many parts of the museum outside of his own area of specialty and he spoke about them with contagious enthusiasm. Thank you!”

Jane Waldbaum, former President of the Archaeological Institute of America