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Albert Reckitt Archaeological Lectures

In 1950 the Academy was invited to take over the administration of the Reckitt Archaeological Trust (established by the late Mr Albert L Reckitt). As well as using the funds to support archaeological research, the Academy's Council also decided to establish a lecture. The lecture was first delivered in 1951.

Click on the blue links for outputs from the lectures or event information.
(Note: the published texts of the 1965-2000 lectures, and those from 2013 onwards are available open access; the texts of the 2002-2008 lectures are not available open access.)


2016  Scythian burial mounds in the Eurasian steppe: New discoveries for a deeper understanding, by Hermann Parzinger (audio)

2015  Water, water everywhere – even at Petra, by Susan Alcock (video)

2013  The sanctuary at Keros: Questions of materiality and monumentality, by Colin Renfrew (text | video)

2011  The Idea of Order: Circular Architecture in Prehistoric Europe, by Richard Bradley (audio)

2008  Continuity and Change in a Wessex Landscape, by Barry Cunliffe (text)

2006  Recovering Maya Civilisation, by Norman Hammond (text)

2004  Archaeology in Mesopotamia: Digging Deeper at Tell Brak, by Joan Oates (text)

2002  The Origins of the Civilisation of Angkor, by Charles F W Higham (text)

2000   Aksum: An African Civilisation in its World Contexts, by David W Phillipson (text)

1998  Time as a Clue to Cause? by Lewis R Binford (text)

1996  Early and Medieval Merv: A Tale of Three Cities, by Georgina Herrmann (text)

1995  Kush: An African State in the First Millennium BC, by László Török (text)

1991  Archaeology and Modern Human Origins in Europe, by Paul Mellars (text)

1989  Statesmen or Barbarians? The Western Zhou as seen through their Bronzes, by Jessica Rawson (text)

1987  Farms and Villages in Denmark from the Late Bronze Age to the Viking Period, by C J Becker (text)

1985  Recent Discoveries in Syria: The Excavations at Hamman et-Turkman, by Maurits van Loon (text)

1983  The Study of Winchester: Archaeology and History in a British Town, 1961–1983, by Martin Biddle (text)

1981  Realistic Art in Alexandria, by Nikolaus Himmelmann (text)

1979  The Finds from the Royal Tombs at Vergina, by Manolis Andronikos (text)

1977  Castle-building in Thirteenth-century Wales and Savoy, by A J Taylor (text)

1975  Early Man in the Soviet Union: The Implications of Some Recent Discoveries, by C B M McBurney (text)

1973  Urban Interaction on the Iranian Plateau: Excavations at Tepe Yahya, 1967–1973, by C C Lamberg-Karlovsky

1971  Life and Art in Prehistoric Thera, by Sp Marinatos

1969  Elamite Problems, by Max Mallowan (text)

1967  Aï Khanum on the Oxus: A Hellenistic City in Central Asia, by Paul Bernard (text)

1965  Çatal Hüyük, A Neolithic City in Anatolia, by James Mellaart (text)

1963  Bronze Age Architecture of Anatolia, by Seton Lloyd

1961  The Excavations at Surkh Kotal and the Problem of Hellenism in Bactria and India, by Daniel Schlumberger

1960  The Germanic House in Germany down to Medieval Times, by Gerhard Bersu

1957  The Natufian Culture: The Life and Economy of a Mesolithic People in the Near East, by Dorothy A E Garrod

1955  Roman Britain and Roman Military Antiquities, by I A Richmond

1953  The Economic Approach to Prehistory, by Grahame Clark

1951  William Camden and the Britannia, by Stuart Piggott

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