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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.


COMING SOON: Twice-crossed river

This is the first volume charting the CAU’s on-going Barleycroft Farm/Over investigations, which now encompasses almost twenty years of fieldwork across both banks of the River Great Ouse at its junction with the Fen. Amongst the project’s main directives is the status of a major river in prehistory – when a communication corridor and when a divide? Accordingly, a key component throughout has been the documentation of the lower Ouse’s complex palaeoenvironmental history, and a delta-like wet landscape dotted with mid-stream islands has been mapped.

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COMING SOON: The Pottery from Dhaskalio

This fourth volume in 'The Sanctuary on Keros and the Origins of Aegean Ritual Practice' series treats in detail the pottery from the settlement on the islet of Dhaskalio, whose excavation is described in Volume I of the series. Much of the importance of this material lies in the undisturbed stratigraphy of the settlement, a fact that allowed for the recognition of three successive phases of occupation of the site with considerable ceramic continuity between them, as well as for safe inferences about its chronology, with wider implications for the later early bronze age of the Cyclades.

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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.

Radio 4 In 'Our Time' broadcast with Simon Stoddart

Jun 17, 2016

Simon Stoddart discusses The Bronze Age Collapse, the name given by many historians to what appears to have been a sudden, uncontrolled destruction of dominant civilizations around 1200 BC in the Aegean, Eastern Mediterranean and Anatolia.

Radio 4 Must Farm broadcast with Cyprian Broodbank

May 24, 2016

Cyprian Broodbank explains how the Must Farm excavation is transforming our understanding of Bronze Age life on BBC Radio 4's 'Start the Week' programme

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Showcasing research highlights and outreach from the academic year 2014-2015

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Upcoming events

Current approaches and new directions in lithic analysis: defining, identifying and interpreting variability

Sep 29, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Series

Oct 07, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

PalMeso Discussion Group

Oct 07, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Asian Archaeology Group

Oct 10, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

McDonald Institute and Faculty of Classics Special Lecture

Oct 10, 2016

Room G.19, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

Americas Archaeology Group

Oct 11, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

CDAL Workshop

Oct 11, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

McDonald Lunchtime Seminar Series

Oct 12, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Garrod Research Seminars

Oct 13, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research