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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.


McDonald Anniversary Research Fellowship

The McDonald Institute invites applications for the fifth of five, three-year post-doctoral Anniversary Research Fellowships, (fixed term). The Closing date for this position is 31st March 2015. To apply, please follow the link below.

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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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Poisonous garden plants once used as prehistoric weaponry

Mar 23, 2015

New technology furthers research into the use of poisonous plants by prehistoric societies to make weapons more lethal for hunting

Ukraine NEMO-ADAP Project workshop

Mar 20, 2015

New research on the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic of the Middle Dniestr, Ukraine NEMO-ADAP Project Workshop

Mandela Professorship in African Archaeology

Mar 16, 2015

Campaign launched to provide a Mandela Professorship in African Archaeology at the University of Cambridge

Prestigious grant for 'TwoRains' project

Mar 10, 2015

Cameron Petrie's 'Winter Rain, Summer Rain: Adaptation, Climate Change, Resilience and the Indus Civilisation' project awarded a 2 million euro ERC consolidator grant

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Garrod Seminar Series

Apr 23, 2015

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Medieval Archaeology Group

Apr 27, 2015

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African Archaeology Group Seminar Series

May 06, 2015

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Garrod Seminar Series

May 07, 2015

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Medieval Archaeology Group

May 18, 2015

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African Archaeology Group Seminar Series

May 20, 2015

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McDonald Lunchtime Seminars

May 21, 2015

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Garrod Seminar Series

May 21, 2015

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