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.
Visiting Professor of Anthropology at Boston University
Professor in Archaeology at the University of Reading
University Lecturer & Curator of Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum at the University of Oxford.
Producer: Thomas Morris.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
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)