The Origins of Inequality
David Wengrow, DPhil.
Professor of Comparative Archaeology
Institute of Archaeology
University College London
My Distinguished Lecture offers an analysis of a contemporary myth: our myth of the “origins of inequality.” How did the broad sweep of human history first come to be conceptualised in this way? Why is it so often assumed that a time before social inequality and political awareness existed? Or that civilization, complexity, and scale come naturally at the price of human freedoms? The answers are often surprising, and highlight the role of archaeology and anthropology as touchstones of the modern political imagination.
Venue: Stanford Archaeology Center Room 106
488 Escondido Mall, Building 500, Stanford, CA