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About the McDonald Institute

The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research exists to further research by Cambridge archaeologists and their collaborators into all aspects of the human past, across time and space.

The Institute supports archaeological fieldwork, archaeological science, material culture studies, and archaeological theory in an interdisciplinary framework. Since its inception, the Institute has played a particularly leading role in cognitive archaeology, broadly defined. It sponsors seminar series, workshops and international conferences. It produces the Cambridge Archaeological Journal and publishes the McDonald Institute Monographs.

The Institute provides an intellectual base for archaeologists at the University of Cambridge:

  • as a postdoctoral research institute within the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology. In this role the Institute independently supports archaeological fieldwork, other archaeological research, research fellows, visiting scholars, conferences and publications.
  • as an interdisciplinary centre for archaeology in Collegiate Cambridge, serving staff in a variety of divisions, faculties, museums and colleges.
  • as the ‘research school’ of the Division of Archaeology, facilitating the work of Division staff, postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students.

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

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Upcoming events

Current approaches and new directions in lithic analysis: defining, identifying and interpreting variability

Sep 29, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Series

Oct 07, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Americas Archaeology Group

Oct 11, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

CDAL Workshop

Oct 11, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Series

Oct 14, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Series Special Lecture

Oct 17, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Festival of Ideas

Oct 18, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Heritage Research Group Panel Discussion

Oct 18, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Heritage Research Group Fair

Oct 20, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research