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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.


NOW AVAILABLE: Kavos and the Special Deposits

This is the second volume in 'The Sanctuary on Keros and Origins of Aegean Ritual Practice: the excavations of 2006-2008' series. Edited by Colin Renfrew, Olga Philaniotou, Neil Brodie, Giorgos Gavalas and Michael Boyd, it describes the excavation and finds from the Special Deposits at Kavos at the sanctuary on Keros lying opposite the settlement on the islet of Dhaskalio (described in Volume I). The sanctuary at Kavos, dating from c. 2700 BC to 2400 BC has yielded the richest ritual deposits of the early bronze age Cyclades. The finds are presented here in their excavation contexts, and the significance of the Special Deposit South as a ritual deposit is examined in the context of Aegean prehistory.

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COMING SOON: The Provincial Archaeology of the Assyrian Empire

The Assyrian empire was in its day the greatest empire the world had ever seen. Building on the expansion of the Middle Assyrian state in the late second millennium BC, the opening centuries of the first millennium witnessed a resurgence which led to the birth of a true empire whose limits stretched from Egypt to Iran and from Anatolia to the Persian Gulf. While the Assyrian imperial capital cities have long been the focus of archaeological exploration, it is only in recent decades that the peripheral areas have been the subject of sustained research. This volume sets out to synthesise the results of this research, bringing together the outcomes of key investigations from across the empire.

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Research on ancient writing systems wins major award

Apr 07, 2016

Philippa Steele, of the University of Cambridge Faculty of Classics and a McDonald Institute Fellow, has been awarded a major European grant to run the project 'Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems' (CREWS)

Rare Nepali textile finds raise prospect of Silk Road extending further south than previously thought

Mar 31, 2016

Analyses of cloth remains found near a gold/silver funerary mask in the Samdzong tomb complex in Nepal point to connections with north-east Asia and suggest the possibility that Samdzong was inserted into the long-distance trade network of the Silk Road.

'Africa from MIS 6-2'

Mar 10, 2016

New publication co-edited by McDonald Institute research associate Sacha Jones

Rock Art tiny hands may belong to reptiles and not humans

Mar 02, 2016

New research challenges belief that stencils of small hands at the rock art site of Wadi Sura II in Egypt’s Western Desert are those of human babies or primates

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An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

View the latest Personal Histories film

'An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research recorded on its 25th Anniversary in honour of Dora Kemp'
With Colin Renfrew, Anthony Snodgrass, Paul Mellars, Peter Forster, Jenny Doole, Chris Scarre, Martin Jones, Graeme Barker, Cyprian Broodbank and Kate Pretty

Filmed in the McDonald Institute seminar room on Friday 27th February 2015 as part the Arch and Anth Centennial celebrations.

If you have problems viewing this, please follow the link for alternative formats. <https://sms.cam.ac.uk/media/2106052>




Upcoming events

D Caucus Classical Archaeology Seminar

May 03, 2016

Room 1.04, Faculty of Classics

McDonald Lunchtime Seminar Series

May 04, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Second Distinguished Visiting Lecture 2015

May 04, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group

May 04, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Heritage Research Group Special Lecture

May 05, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

BioAnth Seminar Series

May 05, 2016

Seminar Room, LCHES, Fitzwilliam Street

George Pitt-Rivers Labroatory Series

May 06, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

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