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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

Cambridge Antiquarian Society

Apr 03, 2017

Law Faculty Building, Sidgwick Site

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group

Apr 05, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Material Culture Laboratory Guest Lecture Series

Apr 24, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

The Ancient India and Iran Trust

Apr 24, 2017

23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 8BG

Garrod Research Seminars

Apr 27, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

African Archaeology Group

May 01, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit

May 02, 2017

Seminar Room, The Mond Building, Free School Lane

Ancient Near East Seminar Series

May 02, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

18th Annual Cambridge Heritage Research Group Seminar

May 06, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research