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Lord Colin Renfrew is a prominent archaeologist and highly regarded academic, best known for his work on radiocarbon dating and the prehistory of languages.
Renfrew was educated at St Albans School, Hertfordshire, and after completing National Service in the RAF, he read Archaeology and Anthropology at St John’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 1962. In 1965 he married and completed his doctorate on Neolithic and Bronze Age cultures of the Cyclades, and thereafter continued to work and publish in the fields of Greek and Indo-European Archaeology.
In 1980 Renfrew was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. In 1981 he was elected to the Disney Professorship of Archaeology in the University of Cambridge, a post he held until his retirement in 2004. In 1990 Renfrew was appointed as Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. Renfrew also served as Master of Jesus College from 1986 until 1997, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
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