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McDonald Conferences and Workshops

Plant to Cloth Workshop Mar 25, 2015 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room,
Plant to Cloth: latest in archaeological plant fibre research
Art and Brain: How Imagery Makes Us Human Conference from Dec 07, 2015 09:00 AM to Dec 08, 2015 02:00 PM
An interdisciplinary discussion between archaeologists, neurophysiologists and artists to develop current understandings and interpretations of non-verbal communication in prehistory.
The Pasts and Presence of Art in South Africa: Technologies, Ontologies and Agents from Oct 27, 2016 05:30 PM to Oct 29, 2016 05:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Global interest in South African art has concentrated on evidence of early human behaviour, as well as on the region’s rich rock art tradition. In the first case, the mere presence or absence of ‘art’ has been regarded as an important diagnostic of ‘modern’ forms of behaviour. In the second, rock ‘arts’ have been interpreted largely through a wealth of regionally derived ethnographies. However, contemporary South African art has long been explicitly political and engaged in projects of societal transformation.
Studying Urbanism in First Millennium BC (Iron Age) Germany from Nov 07, 2016 12:00 PM to Nov 08, 2016 05:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
This two day workshop will bring together German, Anglo-American and Eastern European scholars, chosen to cover a wide range of relevant perspectives from urban centres to rural density to burial, from interpretative knowledge of material culture to overall models, and range in career progression from the recent doctoral to senior scholar.
Para-colonial legacies: German & British imaginaries of ancient Aegean landscapes from Dec 16, 2016 12:00 PM to Dec 17, 2016 06:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
This two-day workshop will aim to review diverging imaginaries of, and approaches to, the ancient Aegean resulting from para-colonial and subsequent historical legacies and seek ways to create new cross-fertilising approaches and international collaborations.
MAKING CITIES: Economies of production and urbanisation in Mediterranean Europe 1000-500 BCE International symposium from May 18, 2017 09:00 AM to May 19, 2017 05:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
This two-day symposium will focus on the economies of production at specific sites or regions of Greece, Italy and Spain during the period of urbanisation in order to place textile production in a wider economic context.
Africa on the Move Conference from Sep 08, 2017 11:50 AM to Sep 10, 2017 11:50 AM McDonald Institute, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3ER and Biffen Lecture Theatre, 8 Tennis Ct Rd, Cambridge CB2 1QJ,
This three-day conference is being held to mark the 10th anniversary of the African Archaeology Group and the John Alexander seminar series at the University of Cambridge.

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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

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An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research