October 30, 2017
THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE LECTURE SERIES
Marija Gimbutas Memorial Lecture
Marija Rediviva DNA and Indo-European Origins
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, University of Cambridge
Wenesday, November 8, 2017
Breasted Hall of the Oriental Institute
Marija Gimbutas had a detailed knowledge of the archaeology of prehistoric Europe and of the cultures of ‘Old Europe’ with their rich iconography of goddesses and gods, which she viewed as overwhelmed at the onset of the Bronze Age by the Kurgan invasion, an incursion of a new population from the East European steppe lands, north of the Black Sea. This she saw as the key impetus which brought Old Europe to an end, and which introduced to Europe a new population speaking early Indo-European languages.
The first Memorial Lecture will offer a critical review of the question of Indo-European language origins, and will highlight the contribution of one of the leading prehistorians of the twentieth century.
Free and open to the public.