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The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research serves as an interdisciplinary hub aiming to provide a shared intellectual home for archaeologists at Cambridge with a programme of seminars, workshops, conferences, publications and research grants as well as laboratory space for a wide range of archaeological research which crosses continents, periods and approaches in its exploration of the diversity of the human past.


McDonald Anniversary Research Fellowship

The McDonald Institute invites applications for the fifth of five, three-year post-doctoral Anniversary Research Fellowships, (fixed term). The Closing date for this position is 31st March 2015. To apply, please follow the link below.

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Division of Archaeology

The Division of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge is a world-leading centre for the study of the human past across the globe, from the Palaeolithic to the present.

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NEW Living in the Landscape Now Published

This edited volume reflects on the multitude of ways by which humans shape and are shaped by the natural world, and how Archaeology and its cognate disciplines recover this relationship. The structure and content of the book recognize Graeme Barker’s pioneering contribution to the scientific study of human–environment interaction, and form a secondary dialectic between his many colleagues and past students and the academic vista which he has helped define. This newest volume in the McDonald Institute Monographs series comprises 22 thematic papers, arranged chronologically, each a presentation of front-line research in their respective fields.

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Niah Caves Project

The cathedral-like Niah Caves of Sarawak (Borneo) have iconic status in the archaeology of Southeast Asia, because the excavations by Tom and Barbara Harrisson in the 1950s and 1960s revealed the longest sequence of human occupation in the region, from (we now know) 50,000 years ago to the recent past. This recent book in the McDonald Monographs Series presents the results of new multi-disciplinary work in the caves and provides exciting new insights into the prehistory of the region.

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North West Cambridge: archaeology, art and mud

Feb 12, 2015

Cambridge Archaeological Unit (CAU) field and art work at North West Cambridge highlighted in March/April edition of British Archaeology

Tràng An Landscape complex officially World Heritage Site status

Feb 06, 2015

Dr. Ryan Rabett, (McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research) attends UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription ceremony for the Tràng An Landscape complex

REF outcome highlights strengths of Cambridge archaeology

Jan 06, 2015

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework published in December has "confirmed Cambridge as one of the UK's strongest communities of Archaeology researchers"

CBE awarded to Graeme Barker

Jan 05, 2015

Graeme Barker, former Disney Professor of Archaeology and Director of McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, has been appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year's Honours List for his services to archaeology.

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Upcoming events

Centennial of the Archaeology and Anthropology Tripos Conference

Feb 27, 2015

Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology and Cripps Conference Centre, Magdalene College, Cambridge

Asian Archaeology Group Seminar

Mar 02, 2015

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Material Culture Lab

Mar 02, 2015

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Cambridge Antiquarian Society

Mar 02, 2015

Law Faculty building, West Road, (Sidgwick Site)

Heritage Research Group

Mar 03, 2015

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Human Evolutionary Studies Discussion Group

Mar 03, 2015

LCHES Seminar Room, Fitzwilliam Street

Mongolia and Inner Asia Research Seminars

Mar 03, 2015

Seminar Room, The Mond Building, Free School Lane

D Caucus Seminar

Mar 03, 2015

Room 1.04, Faculty of Classics

Ancient Near East Seminar Series

Mar 03, 2015

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Upcoming events