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Professor Colin Renfrew (Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn)

Professor Colin Renfrew, (Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn)

Senior Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

Formerly Disney Professor of Archaeology and Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

The origins of linguistic diversity

European prehistory

Archaeological science (with a particular interest in DNA and molecular genetics)


Research Interests

Archeaology and language, particularly with reference to the origins of the Indo-European family.

Key Publications

2010 (Editor with L. Malafouris) The Cognitive Life of Things, Cambridge, McDonald Institute

2009 (Editor with C. Frith and L. Malafouris) The Sapient Mind: Archaeology Meets Neuroscience, Oxford, Oxford University Press

2009 (Editor with I. Morley) Becoming Human, Innovation in Prehistoric Material and Spiritual Culture Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
2006 (Editor with P. Forster), Phylogenetic methods and the prehistory of languages, Cambridge, McDonald Institute
2000 (Editor) America Past, America Present: Genes and Languages in the Americas and Beyond, Cambridge, McDonald Institute.