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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.


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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Niah Caves Project Now Published

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 newest 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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New Book

"Spong Hill, part IX" by Catherine Hills and Sam Lucy is now published as part of the McDonald Institute Monographs Series. This volume presents the long-awaited chronology and synthesis of the site and gives a detailed overview of the artefactual evidence, which includes over 1200 objects of bone, antler and ivory.

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Lobby and Seminar Room Renovation Now Complete

Building work on the Institute’s lobby and seminar room, which began in earnest at the beginning of June, is now complete. The internal walls have been demolished to make way for a new state-of-the-art soundproof, removable wall for the seminar room. New lighting and media systems have been installed as well as a custom-built receptionist’s desk, book-display unit and kitchen facilities. The bright, new open space will be a wonderful place to work, learn and socialise.

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Auction Lots Identified as Looted Antiquities

Apr 03, 2014

Dr Christos Tsirogiannis of the Division of Archaeology identified two ancient artefacts as having been illegally smuggled out of Italy.

New Curator Appointed at MAA

Mar 13, 2014

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Jody Joy to the position of Curator of British and European Archaeology.

Decline of Bronze Age ‘megacities’ linked to climate change

Feb 28, 2014

Climate change may have contributed to the decline of a city-dwelling civilisation in Pakistan and India 4100 years ago, according to new research.

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Upcoming events

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group Talk

Apr 23, 2014

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Medieval Archaeology Group Seminar

Apr 28, 2014

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Heritage Research Group Seminar

Apr 29, 2014

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

African Archaeology Group Seminar

May 06, 2014

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group Talk

May 07, 2014

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Workshop on Heritage, Museums and West Africa

May 08, 2014

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research Seminar Room

African Archaeology Group Seminar

May 09, 2014

Biffen Lecture Theatre

Memorial Lecture

May 09, 2014

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

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