Persistent Questions of the Past

Winslow Series in Archaeology

This workshop and book series highlights innovative archaeological approaches to persistent questions of the past. Archaeologists have an opportunity, even a responsibility, to address big topics such as political change, food security, climate change, economic inequality, personal identity, institutionalized racism, and societal collapse and resiliency. By employing long-term perspectives rooted in empirical approaches to the material record, archaeologists can provide unique insights into a broad range of topics of central importance to the human experience and the development of human societies. Developing transformative knowledge on these issues often requires critical reflection to redefine terms and concepts that may be limiting our understanding of the past.

This series is designed to foster transformative research on major issues in understanding our past. This is achieved through an approach that emphasizes repeated, in-depth conversations by senior and junior scholars on persistent questions in archaeology. Each book project will be part of the Hamilton College Winslow Lectureship Series in Archaeology, which will next be held in Fall 2022. The multi-day workshop structure, where scholars are focused exclusively on the issue at hand, will provide greater potential for the researchers to produce transformative works in the form of peer-reviewed edited volumes.

Projects in the Winslow Lectureship Series is published as part of a book series with Routledge Press. 


The Winslow Series in Archaeology at Hamilton College is funded by an endowment established in 1943 by William C. Winslow to support archaeological lectures from acknowledged authorities on the topics treated.

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