Interviewed by The Independent in 2008, Beatrice de Cardi said that 'archaeologists still have opportunities for adventure' but also that 'too many people are over-concerned with dotting all the Is and crossing every T'.
In the 36th Beatrice de Cardi Lecture, 'Do we measure up to Beatrice? A British archaeologist abroad', Professor Graeme Barker, recently retired as Disney Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge marked the CBA's 70th year with a retrospective of his own adventurous career.
He shared his lifetime of research across the Mediterranean, the Near and Middle East and South East Asia, including his renowned research in Niah Cave in Sarawak, a project that involves the study of human rainforest history.
Prof. Barker reflected on the broad themes that underpin his research into the relationship between landscape and people. He highlighted the interdisciplinary nature of archaeology as a unique strength in being able to draw together and harness a number of innovative approaches across investigations and periods and foster cultural and social interaction between researchers from different countries.
Graeme Barker began lecturing in archaeology at the University of Sheffield in 1972, moving to become Director of the British School at Rome in 1984. In 1988 he was appointed Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Leicester, which became the School of Archaeological Studies in 1990 and the School of Archaeology and Ancient History in 2001. He was elected to the Disney Professorship of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge in 2004, from which he retired in September 2014, and is a fellow of St John's College.
Mike Heyworth, CBA Director, Beatrice de Cardi, first Secretary of the CBA and Jane Grenville, CBA Chair at the Lecture.
The Beatrice de Cardi Lecture was preceded by a reception for CBA members, partners and guests, staff and trustees. Historian and broadcaster, Dan Snow.reflected on his first year in office as CBA President and the importance of the CBA's role in widening participation in archaeology, particularly through programmes such as the Home Front Legacy 1914-18 project. He urged those present to continue to support the CBA and help maintain its crucial voice for everyone who cares about the UK's archaeological heritage and its role in our lives.
Julian Richards of CBA Wessex, with Dan Snow, CBA President at the 36th Beatrice de Cardi Lecture.