Geoffrey Yeo on Records in Early Societies

Geoffrey Yeo reads from Record-Making and Record-Keeping in Early Societies 
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
1pm ET / 6pm BST via Zoom

Geoffrey Yeo, Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Information Studies at University College London, will read from his new book, Record-Making and Record-Keeping in Early Societies, published by Routledge.

Record-Making and Record-Keeping in Early Societies examines the beginnings of human recording practices and provides a survey of early record-making and record-keeping in societies across the world. It investigates the ways in which human activities were recorded in different settings using different methods and technologies. Research into early recording practices has advanced considerably in recent decades, and the book draws on recent scholarship in archaeology and anthropology, as well as recent thinking in archival science.  Based on analysis of literature from a wide range of disciplines, Record-Making and Record-Keeping in Early Societies offers a distinctive perspective on early archives. It aims, not merely to describe the variety of recording methods and practices used in different societies at different times, but also to engage with a range of questions about the contexts in which those practices arose and the ways in which we might understand and interpret them.

The reading will be followed by a discussion.

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