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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.


3rd Raymond and Beverly Sackler Lecture in honour of Professor Norman Hammond

A successful lecture took place on Monday 27 February at 5.30pm in the Friends of Peterhouse Lecture Theatre. Delivered by Professor Martin Biddle CBE, FBA (Hertford College, Oxford and Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge)

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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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'Reflections on Archaeology'

Mar 31, 2017

Newly published British Academy's report 'Reflections on Archaeology' emphasises need for a single authoritative voice

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

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

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Upcoming events

Thinking About Things (TAT) Reading Group

May 01, 2017

Material Culture Laboratory, Room WB2.2, Downing Site

Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit

May 02, 2017

Seminar Room, The Mond Building, Free School Lane

African Archaeology Group

May 02, 2017

South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site

Ancient Near East Seminar Series

May 02, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

BioAnth Seminar Series

May 03, 2017

BioAnth Lecture Theatre, Room 41, Division of Biological Anthropology, Pembroke Street, CB2 3QG

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group

May 03, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Aegean Archaeology Group

May 04, 2017

West Building Seminar Room, Division Room, Downing Street

Heritage Research Group

May 04, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Series

May 05, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research