I am an academic at the University of St Andrews, I was Director of the British School at Rome from 2009 to 2017, and I am presently Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.  This personal blog focuses on the questions such as:  where does power come from?  How do societies create, control and destroy power?  My investigation starts from archaic Mediterranean practices of social and political influence, and seeks to explore their legacy and relevance to subsequent periods and different social forms, and the methodologies we need to deploy.