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Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of the Victorian anthropologist and archaeologist Augustus Pitt-Rivers. Over many years he amassed thousands of ethnographic and archaeological objects, some of which formed the founding collection of the Pitt Rivers Museum at Oxford University. Inspired by the work of Charles Darwin, Pitt-Rivers believed that human technology evolved in the same way as living organisms, and devoted much of his life to exploring this theory. He was also a pioneering archaeologist whose meticulous records of major excavations provided a model for later scholars.


Adam Kuper
Visiting Professor of Anthropology at Boston University

Richard Bradley
Professor in Archaeology at the University of Reading

Dan Hicks
University Lecturer & Curator of Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum at the University of Oxford.

Producer: Thomas Morris.

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Thu 28 Feb 2013 21:30


Professor Adam Kuper at Boston University


Professor Richard Bradley at the University of Reading


Dr Dan Hicks at the University of Oxford


Pitt Rivers Museum


Pitt-Rivers - Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


Rethinking Pitt-Rivers


Excavating Pitt-Rivers


Rethinking Pitt-Rivers - Biography of General Pitt-Rivers


Lieutenant-General Pitt-Rivers


Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers


Augustus Pitt-Rivers - Wikipedia





Mark Bowden, Pitt-Rivers: The Life and Archaeological Work of Lieutenant-General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers (Cambridge University Press, 2009)


Dan Hicks and Mary Beaudry (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies (Oxford University Press, 2010), particularly The Material-Cultural Turn: event and effect


Dan Hicks and Alice Stevenson (eds), World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: A Characterization (Archaeopress, 2013)


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