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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

GPR Christmas Party

Dec 09, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Para-colonial legacies: German & British imaginaries of ancient Aegean landscapes

Dec 16, 2016

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Cambridge Antiquarian Society

Jan 09, 2017

Law Faculty Building, Sidgwick Site

Americas Archaeology Group

Jan 17, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

CDAL Workshop

Jan 17, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Egyptian World Seminar Series

Jan 18, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Garrod Research Seminars

Jan 19, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

African Archaeology Group

Jan 30, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

CDAL Workshop

Jan 31, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research