DOURO in CAMBRIDGE - an afternoon in honour of Lady Jane Renfrew


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Lady Jane
Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—brief biographical notes

   Already when she was young, Jane expressed an interest in the study of the past, having made her first archæological dig when she was little more than 12 years old. When she was doing her undergraduate degree at Cambridge (New Hall College), she published her first book entitled “Antiquary on horseback” (1963), with her maiden name of Jane M. Ewbank. The volume is the fruit of the patient work of transcribing and editing manuscripts left by Thomas Machell, rector of Kirby Thore (Cumbria).
    At Cambridge, in the Haddon Library, she meets fellow student Colin Renfrew with whom she later marries and has 3 children. The famous Professor Glyn Daniel says, in his autobiography, “Some Small Harvest”, that giving lessons in his office at St. John’s College to Colin Renfrew, Barry Cunliffe, Jane Ewbank and Ruth Whitehouse were some of the most pleasant memories of those times (Daniel 1986: 448).
    As a student, Jane further developed her interest of studying the past and got interested in botany. Along with Colin she took part of excavations in Greece and other areas of the Balkans and collected seeds in museums and excavations of the region that would be the basis for her doctoral thesis in Cambridge.
Between 1967–1972, she was Head of the Department of Ancient History, at the University of Sheffield and later Visiting Lecturer and Part-time Professor in the Department of Archæology at the University of Southampton (1972–1981). In the early 1980s, she came back to Cambridge, where apart from being Affiliate Professor of the Division of Archæology , of the Department of Archæology and Anthropology, she is for 11 years the Master's wife at Jesus College (1986–1997).
     In the last years she is Byre Professor of Archæology, Fellow of the Library, Steward of the Garden at Lucy Cavendish College. In fact, at LCC she created the “Anglo-Saxon Herb Garden” (a collection of plants used before 1066), opened annually to the general public.
     Her main interests are the use of plants in pre-history, the origin and development of agriculture, food and wine in antiquity, the origin of the vine and wine in the Mediterranean.

Lady Jane Renfrew with Professor José Ribeiro in the Prehistoric Garden of UTAD


BA and MA in Archæology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge
PhD in Archæology thesis on Palæobotany, University of Cambridge
Emeritus Fellow since 2012, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.
Archæology lecturer at Brye College
Affiliated lecturer, Division of Archæology, Department of Archæology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge (since 1987)
President of the International Work Group for Palæoethnobotany (1983–1986)
Vice-president of the Prehistoric Society (1986–1989)
Trustee Royal Botanic Garden, Kew (1991–1997)
Trustee Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust (1993–present)
Syndic of the University Botanic Garden, Cambridge (since 1999)
Fellow (Class A), Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge (1984–2012)
Lecturer, Department of Ancient History, University of Sheffield (1967–1972)
Part-time Lecturer, Department of Archæology, University of Southampton (1978–1981)
Master's wife, Jesus College, Cambridge (1986–1997)
Member, Cambridgeshire Police Authority (1989–1999)
Governor, King's School, Ely (1989–1998)
Governor, British School, Colombo, Sri Lanka (1996–2001)
Chairman of the Southacre, Latham and Chaucer Road Residents' Association (SOLACHRA) (1999–2002)
Member of the Jury, British Archæological Awards (since 1990)
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and member of many other national and international orgainisations
Selection of publications

1973 – Palæoethnobotany, the prehistoric food plants of the Near East and Europe. Methuen, London / Columbia University Press, New York.
1985a – Food and Cooking in Prehistoric Britain. English Heritage.
1985b – Food and Cooking in Roman Britain. English Heritage.
1991 – New light on early farming: recent developments in palæoethnobotany. Edinburgh University Press.
1996 – (with Magnus Renfrew and John K. Rose). Rus in Urbe: Chaucer Road and Latham Road: the History of Two Rural Roads in Cambridge. SOLACHRA.
2005 – Prehistoric Cookery: Recipes and History. English Heritage.
2006 – Food and feasting in antiquity. Antiquity, 80(310):1000–1003.
Along with dozens of other articles on palæoethnobotany.

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