Professor Robert Darnton FBA
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In the fifth British Academy Lecture, delivered on 20 November 2001, Past President of the British Academy Sir Keith Thomas FBA considered the historical role of scholarship in national life. In this edited extract, he describes some of the public and personal imperatives that ruled the life of learning in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
The British Academy Lectures, delivered by Professor Lord Renfrew FBA, on 26 October 2005. DNA studies show that the baby born into the world today would be difficult to distinguish from the child of our ancestor of 40,000 years ago. Yet the way of life has changed radically from the stone age hunter-gatherer to the modern citizen. What then are the processes which have led to the construction of the world in which we live, and to the achievements of humankind which define, in a sense, what it is to be human? The answer can only come from the material remains of the human experience over tens of millennia: that is the challenge of archaeology.