Monday 17 February 2020, 12.00PM
Speaker(s): Professor David Wengrow
The study of culture areas or 'culture circles' has been largely dismissed in anthropology, as a relic of the discipline's infancy. In archaeology, it remains a hotly debated topic under other rubrics such as 'interaction spheres,' 'techno-complexes,' or 'communities of practice.' My paper will use ethnohistorical and some archaeological data from the Pacific Coast of North America to offer a new perspective on the issue, and in particular to address the question of what constitutes a boundary or threshold between 'culture areas.'
David Wengrow is a Professor of Comparative Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
Location: Philip Rahtz Lecture Theatre K/133, King’s Manor