Thomas Harriot Lecture: "Thomas Harriot, the World's First Ethnographer"
The college’s annual Thomas Harriot Lecture was inaugurated in 1990, and this year's speaker will be Mark Horton, Professor in Archaeology at the University of Bristol.
Mark works in global historical archaeology and he has been leading excavations in North Carolina since 2009. The title of Professor Horton's lecture will be "Thomas Harriot, the World's First Ethnographer" and some background to the lecture is available below:
In 1585-6, a young Thomas Harriot accompanied the Virginia expedition to the Outer Banks, to establish the first English Colony in North America. In preparation, he had already mastered the local Algonquian language from two Native Americans brought back in 1584. He was able to use this to understand indigenous society and its culture. Current archaeological research on these same settlements in the Outer Banks is providing a detailed insight into these communities and confirmation of the extreme accuracy of Harriot’s observations, allowing us to be able to claim that he may have been the world’s first ethnographer.
The lecture is free to attend and attendees do not need to RSVP.