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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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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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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 been appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year's Honours List for his services to archaeology.

'Hidden Foods' project awarded ERC Starting Grant

Dec 23, 2014

Emanuela Cristiani, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, 'Hidden Foods' project successful in ERC Starting Grants awards 2014

Richard III - Case closed after 529 years

Dec 02, 2014

DNA and genealogical study confirms identity of remains found in Leicester and uncovers new truths about his appearance and Plantagenet linineage.

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Heritage Research Group

Jan 29, 2015

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

George Pitt-Rivers Lunchtime Seminar

Jan 30, 2015

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Medieval Archaeology Group

Feb 02, 2015

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Asian Archaeology Group Seminar

Feb 02, 2015

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Ancient Near East Seminar Series

Feb 03, 2015

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Heritage Research Group

Feb 03, 2015

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Mongolia and Inner Asia Research Seminars

Feb 03, 2015

Seminar Room, The Mond Building, Free School Lane

McDonald Lunchtime Seminars

Feb 04, 2015

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

BioAnth Seminar Series

Feb 04, 2015

Seminar Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Fitzwilliam Street

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