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Department of Archaeology

Dorothy Garrod portrait by Sara Lavelle

The Garrod Research Seminar Series is the Department of Archaeology’s principal seminar series of invited scholarly lectures. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The 2023 Lent Term Garrod Seminar series on ‘Rethinking Past Globalization’ aspires to genuinely interrogate and problematize the concept of globalization as applied to the historical/archaeological past. Our driving question is to what extent and in what ways can we formulate criteria for identifying past globalisation(s) or globalizing forces and trends, with the ultimate goals of (1) making the present relevant in archaeological research, and (2) contributing archaeological perspectives to the question of when did globalization begin? World-class researchers in archaeology, history and sociology will offer their approaches to thinking about past globalisation.

As usual, talks will be held in the McDonald Seminar Room from 4PM – 5.30 PM (London time) followed by drinks reception. While we hope everyone will attend in person, we also plan for the talks to be broadcast online for those who cannot attend in person.

Register in advance for these webinars:


This series is organised by Dr. Carmen Ting (ct589) & Dr. Daniel Fuks (df427)


Contact name: 
Carmen Ting & Daniel Fuks

Events In This Series For This Academic Year

Session Name Date Event speaker
Globalisation and Wari State-making: Re-evaluating Middle Horizon Peru Thursday, 26 January, 2023 - 16:00 Dr. Justin Jennings, Royal Ontario Museum
Globalisation and Historical Globalities Thursday, 2 February, 2023 - 16:00 Prof. Barry Gills, University of Helsinki
Globalisation in Deep Time: Postdisciplinary Lessons from the 'Palaeolithic' Thursday, 16 February, 2023 - 16:00 Dr. Inanna Hamati-Ataya, University of Cambridge
What Do We Mean by Globalisation in the Prehistoric and Early Historic Mediterranean? Thursday, 9 March, 2023 - 16:00 Prof. Susan Sherratt, University of Sheffield
Crop Migrations as a Globalising Process: The Case of Tropical Asian Crops in Ancient East-West Networks Thursday, 16 March, 2023 - 16:00 Dr. Sureshkumar Muhukumaran, National University of Singapore
Food Globalization in prehistory: What kinds of globalization? Thursday, 4 May, 2023 - 16:00 to 17:00 Prof. Martin Jones, University of Cambridge
Graves, grains and grievances: How quantifying archaeological data can help us race urban dynamics against their global context Thursday, 11 May, 2023 - 16:00 to 17:00 Dr Izabela Romanowska, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies
Re-Defining Globalisation for the Past Thursday, 18 May, 2023 - 16:00 to 17:00 Prof. Tamar Hodos, University of Bristol
'The world has always been a village': Archaeological science, globalisation and the Oranjemund shipwreck Thursday, 25 May, 2023 - 16:00 to 17:00 Prof. Shadreck Chirikure, University of Oxford