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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.


POSTDOCTORAL OPPORTUNITY: Renfrew Fellowship (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited from postdocs within 7 years of completing their PhD seeking for a Renfrew Fellowship in Archaeology hosted by the McDonald Institute and Fitzwilliam College.

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NOW AVAILABLE: Archaeological investigations in the Niah Caves, Sarawak (Volume II)

This book is the companion volume to Rainforest Foraging and Farming in Island Southeast Asia: the Archaeology of the Niah Caves, Sarawak. Together, they describe the most significant results of the Niah Caves Project, a recent investigation by an inter-disciplinary team of over 70 researchers of the archaeology of the cathedral-like Niah Caves and of the wealth of materials collected by Tom and Barbara Harrisson in their 1950s and 1960s excavations.

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McDonald Annual Lecture 2016

A hugely successful McDonald Annual Lecture 2016 was delivered by Professor Eske Willerslev on November 23 2016 at Mill Lane Lecture Theatre 1. Professor Wilerslev is the Prince Philip Professor of Ecology & Evolution at the Dept. of Zoology, University of Cambridge & the Director of the Centre of Excellence in GeoGenetics and the National CryoBank and Sequencing Facility, situated at the National History Museum and the Biological Institute, University of Copenhagen.

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Nonino Prize 2017 awarded to Cyprian Broodbank

Dec 20, 2016

A further prestigious literary award for Cyprian Broodbank volume 'The Making of the Middle Sea'

Indus populations were the earliest people to use complex, year-long multi-cropping strategies

Nov 21, 2016

Thought to have arrived from China in 2000 BC, latest research shows sustainable domesticated rice agriculture in India and Pakistan existed centuries earlier, and suggests systems of seasonal crop variation that would have provided a rich and diverse diet for the Bronze Age residents of the Indus valley.

Roger Bland today announced as a British Academy’s President’s Medal winner

Sep 27, 2016

Senior Fellow of the McDonald Institute, Bland receives recognition for his contribution to the protection, and academic and public understanding, of Britain’s cultural heritage

Ancient dental plaque sheds new light on the diet of Mesolithic foragers in the Balkans

Aug 30, 2016

Micro-fossils trapped in dental calculus reveal that Late Mesolithic foragers were consuming domesticated plant foods c. 6600 BC, almost 400 years earlier than previously thought.

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Showcasing research highlights and outreach for the academic year 2015-2016

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Upcoming events

George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Series

Jan 20, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

PalMeso Seminar Series

Jan 20, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Material Culture Lab Lunchtime Talk

Jan 23, 2017

Material Culture Laboratory, Room WB2.2, Downing Site

Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit

Jan 24, 2017

Seminar Room, The Mond Building, Free School Lane

Ancient Near East Seminar Series

Jan 24, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

BioAnth Seminar Series

Jan 25, 2017

Seminar Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Division of Biological Anthropology, Fi

Heritage Research Group

Jan 26, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Americas Archaeology Group

Jan 27, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

PalMeso Seminar Series

Jan 27, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

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An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research