Bridget Allchin: Pioneering Prehistorian of South Asian Archaeology

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In celebration of Bridget Allchin’s 90th birthday by Danika Parikh, University of Cambridge Archaeologist Bridget Allchin was born Bridget Gordon on February 10th, 1927. Inspired by the work of W.J. Sollas, Bridget had nursed an ambition to study prehistory since childhood; she decided to go to university but made what she calls ‘the disappointing discovery’ that in Britain archaeology was not taught as a first degree subject at the time. She opted instead for a degree at UCL that included Ancient History, spending her Easter break excavating a prehistoric site …

Action-packed 4th Allchin Symposium on South Asian Archaeology

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by Danika Parikh, University of Cambridge December 2nd and 3rd saw the return of the Annual Allchin Symposium on South Asian Archaeology, now in its fourth year. After being hosted at the University of Durham in 2015, the Symposium returned to Cambridge and the Trust this month with an action-packed line up spanning South Asian archaeology from Afghanistan to Sri Lanka, from the Neolithic to modern perceptions of the past in Indian cinema. As with other years, the Symposium kicked off with a Friday evening keynote lecture. Roberta Tomber of …

'The Bazar of Athens' from Edward Dodwell: Views in Greece, London 1821, p. 51

AIIT: Lent Term 2017 Lecture Programme

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Lectures begin at 5.30pm. Refreshments from 5pm. All welcome. 27 January: Suraiya Faroqhi (Istanbul Bilgi University): Importing and marketing Iranian fabrics 10 February: Elizabeth Key Fowden (FAMES/Classics, University of Cambridge): Eastern Kings and Ancient Philosophers in Ottoman Athens 3 March: Special event for Friends of the Trust (Advance booking required: email Catherine Ansorge (University Library, Cambridge): The Reverend George Lewis and his collection of Persian manuscripts Lectures are held at: Ancient India & Iran Trust 23 Brooklands Avenue Cambridge CB2 8BG If you wish to attend the Friends’ event …

‘Restoration of the Palaces of the Western side of the platform at Nimroud’, lithograph from drawing by Baynes, supervised by James Fergusson, ca. 1850, from A.H. Layard, A second series of the monuments of Nineveh (London, 1853), plate 1

‘Nineveh’ in Bombay and Histories of Indian Archaeology

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In connection with her talk ‘Nineveh’ in Bombay and Histories of Indian Archaeology at the Ancient India & Iran Trust on 21 October, Sudeshna Guha has kindly allowed us to repost her article on the same subject which was originally published by on 13 December 2015 A little-known 19th-century history of “Nineveh” in Bombay provides a glimpse of the many new histories, which collections, and their visualisation and displays, allow us to establish. It also underlines the importance of noting the ways in which we establish historical evidence, and …