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Welcome to the Felix Neubergh Lecture in Archeology


The economic anthropologist professor Timothy Earle was appointed the Felix Neubergh Lecture in 2020. On October 12 his lecture will take place at Humanisten, University of Gothenburg. Students, staff as well as the public are welcome. The lecture is in english and will also be streamed.

Timothy Earle.
Timothy Earle.

Timothy 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, Timothy Earle studied comparatively 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.

This lecture contrasts 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.  

The titel: A Deep History of Finance: Archaeological Investigations of Institutional Support in the Andes, Melanesia, and Central Europe

When: 12 October 2021 at 14:00–15.15

Where: Humanisten at University of Gotheburg, participate via Zoom.

Registration: No later than October 11 at noon, via the following link: Registrering Felix Neubergh 2020

By: Carina Elmäng

Felix Neubergh

The Felix Neubergh Lecture in Gothenburg has been held every year since 1977. Every other year the lecture is to deal with problems in banking and finance, and in alternate years the subject is in archaeology.

The Felix Neubergh Lecture has been 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 strove to support the universities’ contacts with culture and science in English-speaking countries.