AASV Free Public Lecture#5 18 July Neither Bombs nor Butter- VGordon Childe
Thursday, 18 July 2013 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (AEST)
San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
Neither Bombs nor Butter – V. Gordon Childe and the Life Archaeological To be presented by Michael Lever (Andrew Long and Associates)
There would be few archaeologists who did not know something of Childe’s contribution to their discipline. Yet recognition of the scale of this contribution and the unique character of the man behind them, seems strangely lacking in a country such as Australia – generally so eager to claim ‘ownership’ of those Australians who succeed overseas. To the best of my knowledge, there are no memorials, chairs, facilities or any other form of commemoration of Childe’s work in any university or public institution of any kind in Australia. This seems a strange oversight of a scholar who published over 27 books (not including multiple revised editions) each of which had a major impact on the understanding of material culture and of theoretical interpretations of the human past. Insight into Childe, the man and his work, provides a fascinating window into the workings of Australian and global academe in the past. I will attempt to avoid a hagiography, while still sketching a portrait, of one of the twentieth century’s most intriguingly illustrious scholars.
Michael Lever currently works as a project archaeologist at Andrew Long and Associates. His wider interests include theory and history of anthropology, archaeology and history. In particular he is interested in the creative tension that results from considering as wide as possible a range of evidentiary sources. Michael finds that the young field of Australian historical archaeology is an especially rich field for such investigations.
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Archaeological & Anthropological Society of Victoria (AASV)
The Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria was formed in 1976 through the amalgamation of two societies, the Anthropological Society of Victoria and the Archaeological Society of Victoria. Although one was formed 30 years before the other both owed their origin to inspiring lectures given by singularly gifted academic lecturers to what were largely non-academic audiences. Both lecturers were on the staff of the University of Melbourne but stimulated the enthusiasm of people outside the university community.
The AASV welcomes members from all walks of life: professional archaeologists and anthropologists, students, and interested laypeople. We hold monthly meetings with free lectures covering a wide range of topics from the broad disciplines of archaeology and anthropology, and we offer a range of activities including fieldtrips and the opportunity to participate on archaeological digs. While the Pacific region has a special place in the work of the Society, lectures cover a wide range of topics and regions across the world. Links with the University of Melbourne, LaTrobe University and Monash are strong with both staff and students regularly speaking to the society about their work.