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Lawrence of Arabia: Excavating the Legend Dr Neil Faulkner Thursday 09 April 2020

On the basis of sensational new evidence from the archaeological fieldwork, Neil Faulkner will contrast the legend of Lawrence of Arabia with the true story of what happened in the famous desert war of 1916-18.Is the legend a myth? Was Lawrence, as some claim, a liar and a chartalan? Or does the legend reflect reality? Was he, in fact, a brilliant military commander and a sincere advocate of the Arab national cause?

In addition, Neil will review the numerous well-preserved archaeological remains of the conflict, mainly along the line of the former Hijaz Railway; these remains have been the subject of a ten year programme of field research led by Neil and his close colleague Professor Nick Saunders.


Neil Faulkner is an archeologist, historian, and writer. Educated at King's College, Cambridge and the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, he works as a freelance lecturer, editor, excavator and occasional
broadcaster. He also lectures widely in rchaeology, ancient history, classical civilisation, modern history and current affairs. Editor of Military History Monthly and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of
London. He is the author of countless articles, numerous academic papers and many books. He is also director of several archaeological projects including one in north -west Norfolk ( Anglo - Saxon village) and the Great Arab Revolt Project in Southern Jordan.