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LAWRENCE OF ARABIA: EXCAVATING A LEGEND
NEIL FAULKNER Wednesday 12 February 2020

On the basis of sensational new evidence from archaeological fieldwork, Neil will contrast the legend of Lawrence of Arabia with the true story of what happened in the famous desert war of 1916 to 1918.  Was Lawrence, as some claim, a liar and a charlatan? Or was he, in fact, a brilliant military commander and a sincere advocate of the Arab national cause?

‘Lawrence of Arabia’ is an early 20th century instance of celebrity culture. Neil will analyse the invention and re-invention of the legend from 1919 onwards through memoirs, photos, films, paintings, biographies and paintings, and  will offer a new assessment of Lawrence’s role and achievements and of the relationship between art and reality in the creation of ‘celebrity’.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Dr Neil Faulkner is an archaeologist, historian, and writer. Educated at King’s College, Cambridge, and the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL) he works as a freelance lecturer, editor, writer, excavator, and occasional broadcaster.

He and Professor Nick Saunders are the joint academic directors of the Great Arab Revolt Project (GARP), which, during nine annual field seasons between 1996 and 2014, explored the archaeology of the First World War in the deserts of southern Jordan.

Neil’s book, Lawrence of Arabia’s War, a new politico-military history of the war in Sinai, Arabia, Palestine, and Syria between 1914 and 1918, was published by Yale University Press in 2016.