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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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Niah Caves Project Now Published

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 newest 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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New Book

"Spong Hill, part IX" by Catherine Hills and Sam Lucy is now published as part of the McDonald Institute Monographs Series. This volume presents the long-awaited chronology and synthesis of the site and gives a detailed overview of the artefactual evidence, which includes over 1200 objects of bone, antler and ivory.

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Lobby and Seminar Room Renovation Now Complete

Building work on the Institute’s lobby and seminar room, which began in earnest at the beginning of June, is now complete. The internal walls have been demolished to make way for a new state-of-the-art soundproof, removable wall for the seminar room. New lighting and media systems have been installed as well as a custom-built receptionist’s desk, book-display unit and kitchen facilities. The bright, new open space will be a wonderful place to work, learn and socialise.

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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

Kate Spence Guest on 'In Our Time' Hatshepsut Broadcast

Nov 07, 2014

Dr Kate Spence, Division of Archaeology (University of Cambridge), participated in a BBC Radio 4 broadcast about the Egyptian pharaoh, Hatshepsut.

DNA recovered from a 37,000-year-old fossil skeleton from Russia shows a deep, shared ancestry of Europeans

Nov 07, 2014

An international team of researchers, including Dr Philip Nigst, Division of Archaeology (University of Cambridge), recovered DNA from a fossil of one of the earliest known Europeans.

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Upcoming events

Garrod Seminar Series

Nov 27, 2014

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

George Pitt-Rivers Lunchtime Seminar

Nov 28, 2014

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

PalMeso Seminar

Nov 28, 2014

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Personal Histories Fim-Making Workshop

Nov 29, 2014

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

Human Evolutionary Studies Group

Dec 02, 2014

LCHES Seminar Room, Fitzwilliam Street

Ancient History and Classical Art & Archaeology Seminar Group

Dec 02, 2014

Room G.21, Faculty of Classics

McDonald Lunchtime Seminars

Dec 03, 2014

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Egyptian World Seminar Series

Dec 03, 2014

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group

Dec 03, 2014

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Upcoming events