Students, staff as well as the public are welcome to attend the lecture, which will be held in English and livestreamed.
Tim Earle is an economic anthropologist who specializes in the archaeological studies of social inequality, leadership, and political economy in early chiefdoms and states. He has conducted multi-year, international field research projects in Polynesia, Peru, Argentina, Denmark, and Hungary.
Having studied the emergence of social complexity in three world regions, his work is comparative, searching for the causes of alternative pathways to centralized power. He has studied irrigation agriculture as engineered landscapes and how land tenure translates into political control.
More recently, Tim Earle comparatively studied the long-term development of political economies, emphasizing contrasts between mercantilism and intensified agricultural landscapes as it affects political power. During the last decades, Earle has also participated in a number of projects at the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Gothenburg.
His lecture will contrast three archaeological sequences to illustrate how alternative means to mobilize surpluses operated differently in historically independent archaeological cases from the Central Andes, Island Melanesia, and Central Asia.
Title: A Deep History of Finance: Archaeological Investigations of Institutional Support in the Andes, Melanesia, and Central Europe
The Felix Neubergh Lecture in Gothenburg has been held every year since 1977. Every other year the lecture is dealing with banking and finance issues, and in alternate years the subject is centered around archaeology.
The Felix Neubergh Lecture was established through donations by the late banker Felix Neubergh and his wife Bertha. Born in Gothenburg, Felix Neubergh generously endowed diverse institutions in his native city for a number of years, especially the University of Gothenburg. He aimed to support the universities’ links to culture and science in English-speaking countries.