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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: Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

Applications are invited from postdocs within 4 years of completing their PhD seeking a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship to be hosted by the McDonald Institute.

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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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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.

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.

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

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Upcoming events

Cambridge Antiquarian Society

Dec 05, 2016

Law Faculty Building, Sidgwick Site

BioAnth Seminar Series

Dec 07, 2016

LCHES, The Henry Wellcome Building, Fitzwilliam Street

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group

Dec 07, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

GPR Christmas Party

Dec 09, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Para-colonial legacies: German & British imaginaries of ancient Aegean landscapes

Dec 16, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Cambridge Antiquarian Society

Jan 09, 2017

Law Faculty Building, Sidgwick Site

Americas Archaeology Group

Jan 17, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

CDAL Workshop

Jan 17, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Egyptian World Seminar Series

Jan 18, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research