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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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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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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.

'Bronze Age Bureaucracy' wins 2014 Frank Moore Cross Award

Dec 01, 2014

Nicholas Postgate's book 'Bronze Age Bureaucracy: writing and the practice of government in Assyria' has been awarded the 2014 Frank Moore Cross Award.

Joan Oates receives British Academy award

Nov 26, 2014

The 2014 Grahame Clark Medal awarded to Joan Oates, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

Agriculture facilitated permanent human occupation of The Tibetan Plateau after 3600 BP

Nov 21, 2014

Martin Jones of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research publishes in Science with Chinese scholars to show how Agriculture facilitated permanent human occupation of the Tibetan Plateau after 3600 BP

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Garrod Seminar Series

Jan 22, 2015

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African Archaeology Group Seminar Series

Jan 28, 2015

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Medieval Archaeology Group

Feb 02, 2015

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Garrod Seminar Series

Feb 05, 2015

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African Archaeology Group Seminar Series

Feb 18, 2015

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Garrod Seminar Series

Feb 19, 2015

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Medieval Archaeology Group

Feb 23, 2015

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Centennial of the Archaeology and Anthropology Tripos Conference

Feb 27, 2015

McDonald Institute and Cripps Conference Centre, Magdalene College, Cambridge

Garrod Seminar Series

Mar 05, 2015

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

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