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Our History

The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in the University of Cambridge was established in 1990 through a generous benefaction from the late Dr D.M. McDonald. The benefaction enabled the University to construct and maintain purpose-built premises for the Institute which include research rooms and laboratories, together with archive space and a seminar room.

 

dm-mcdonaldDr Daniel McLean McDonald, born in Fort William, Scotland, in 1905, had degrees in Engineering (Glasgow) and Medicine (Birmingham). He was founder and Chairman of the BSR Group, manufacturers of record turntables and record changers. He died in his adoptive home, the Isle of Man, in February 1991.


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The founding director of the Institute was Professor Colin Renfrew - Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, formerly Disney Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology.

 

 

 

Background to the McDonald Institute Triskeles

Dr McDonald's choice of emblem for the Institute was influenced by the symbol of the Isle of Man, his adopted home. The winged feet of the Triskeles are those of Hermes, and were taken from a fifth-century Syracusan coin.

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Upcoming events

Asian Archaeology Group

Feb 27, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Field Archaeology: Methods and Mayhem

Feb 27, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Heritage Research Group

Feb 28, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Mycenaean Seminar

Feb 28, 2017

Room 1.11, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

Material Culture Laboratory Guest Lecture Series

Feb 28, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

D Caucus Classical Archaeology Seminar

Feb 28, 2017

Room 1.04, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

Von Hügel Lecture 2017

Feb 28, 2017

Mill Lane Lecture Theatre 3, Mill Lane, Camvridge, CB2 1RX

McDonald Lunchtime Seminar Series

Mar 01, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research