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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 for the academic year 2015-2016

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Upcoming events

Material Culture Lab Lunchtime Talk

May 29, 2017

Material Culture Laboratory, Room WB2.2, Downing Site

Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit

May 30, 2017

Seminar Room, The Mond Building, Free School Lane

CDAL Workshop

May 30, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

McDonald Lunchtime Seminar Series

May 31, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

BioAnth Seminar Series

May 31, 2017

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

Leverhulme Lecture

May 31, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Heritage Research Group

Jun 01, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Series

Jun 02, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

PalMeso Seminar Series

Jun 02, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research