Friday 27 October 2017, 18.30-19.30 BP Lecture Theatre £5, Members/concessions £3
Historian and archaeologist Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe examines the dramatic human story of the earliest domestication of wild horses on the Eurasian steppe.
Following his acclaimed book of 2016 By steppe, desert and ocean: the birth of Eurasia and in advance of his latest publication on the Scythians, this lecture examines the earliest domestication of horses by pastoralist nomads on the steppe, and the sudden emergence of predatory warrior hordes in the early centuries of the first millennium BC.
Friday 10 November 2017, 18.30-19.30 BP Lecture Theatre
Historian, broadcaster and recent translator of Herodotus' The Histories Tom Holland joins historian of ancient China Frances Wood, author of The Silk Road: Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia, to discuss varying ancient accounts of the Scythians, from Herodotus in the west to Sima Qian in the east. Chaired by Jonathan Williams, Deputy Director of the British Museum.
Thursday 28 September 2017, 13.30-14.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential
Chris Gosden, Professor of European Archaeology and Director of the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford, looks at the cross-fertilisation of cultures in Eurasia, as shown through Scythian and Celtic art.
Thursday 2 November 2017, 13.30-14.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential
British Museum Scientist Aude Mongiatti highlights the latest scientific research on Scythian goldwork, including fascinating new discoveries made during the conservation of objects for the BP exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia.
Thursday 23 November 2017, 17.30 drinks reception before the lecture at 18.00 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential
The annual Dingwall-Beloe horological lecture 2017 will be given by Matthew Champion, Birkbeck, University of London.
Please arrive at 17.30 for a drinks reception before the lecture at 18.00.
This event was founded with funds bequeathed to the British Museum by former Assistant Keeper of Printed Books in the British Library Dr Eric Dingwall, and to the Clockmakers’ Company by the noted horological collector Mr Reginald Beloe. It is intended that these annual lectures should make new contributions to our understanding of the history of horology, at an international level.
Friday 3 November 2017, 13.30-14.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential
In this talk, Curator Thomas Williams, British Museum, discusses how the Vikings helped to shape the modern nations of Russia and Ukraine, bringing the west into contact with the descendants of the Scythians in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Saturday 5 August 2017, 18.00 - 19.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential
Yemen possesses one of the world’s finest treasure-troves of architecture, displaying a wondrous array of vernacular styles.
Three of its ancient cities – Shibam, Sana and Zabīd – are UNESCO World Heritage sites, and a number of other towns and building complexes around the country await inclusion on that list. Each urban setting possesses a distinct ‘sense of place’, resulting from a mixture of ingenuity, available construction materials, social relations, religious practices and local histories. Conflict and resistance, too, have contributed significantly to the history of Yemeni building design, town planning and civil engineering. The current hydra-headed conflict, however, involving international adversaries divided along political and sectarian lines, poses a threat of unprecedented scale to the country’s architectural heritage.
In this lecture, Trevor Marchand, SOAS, will take stock of the damage incurred as well as some of the current efforts to safeguard buildings and to sustain conservation programmes. He will also address factors – in addition to military conflict – that represent perhaps more enduring challenges to the survival of Yemen’s architecture and traditional building practices.
The lecture will take place after the Saturday session of the Seminar for Arabian Studies.