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Research

Members of the McDonald Institute and the Division of Archaeology conduct a variety of archaeological projects across the globe, a selection of which are featured here.


Current Research Projects

A project exploring and preserving the archaeology of the ancient city of Amarna and its historical context.

 

A cultural history of variation, illness and death

 

Excavations at the Brough of Deerness, an enigmatic Viking Age site in Orkney

 

Excavation and survey in southern Aspromonte

 

Excavations of a Prehistoric and Roman landscape at Bury Farm, Stapleford, Cambridgeshire

 

Archaeology of Cidade Velha, Cape Verde

 

Excavations at the Prehistoric site of Damerham, Hampshire

 

Investigating the 1st Millennium BC in Europe

 

Food globalisation in prehistory

 

Studying the diversity of political frontiers in Etruria

 

Investigating unsolved problems of the fourth and third millennium BC in Malta

 

The Cyrenaica prehistory project, Libya

 

Untangling the histories and philosophies of archaeology and making them intelligible

 

Environmental constraints and human responses in northwest India between 2000 and 300 BC: Investigating the cultural and geographical transformations from the collapse of Harappan urbanism to the rise the great Early Historic cities

 

The Marakwet Community Heritage Mapping Project involves the large-scale mapping of Marakwet landscape features and the collection of related oral historical records.

The project forms a central element within the broader research network: 'African Farming: An interdisciplinary pan-African perspective'. 

 

The analysis of a fuzzy frontier between the Etruscans and the Umbrians

 

The One River Project aims to track the flux in rich cultural florescence and collapse through the past along the course of a single river — the Río Ica — from the southern Andes to its arid coast.

 

An on going, educational, oral-history research initiative

 

 

A Bronze Age fortified tell settlement on the right bank of the river Danube 30km south of Budapest.

 

The investigation of urban growth and administration in northern Mesopotamia in the 4th and 3rd millennia BC (north-east Syria)

 

Collapse and transformation in the Mediterranean 1200--500 BC

 

Excavations at the cave site of Vela Spila, island of Korčula, Croatia

 



Past Research Projects

Investigating the changing social landscape of the southern Danish island of Als from the Neolithic to the Viking period.

 

A cross-disciplinary series of international symposia, lectures, and publications, funded under the British Academy's UK-Latin American and Caribbean Link Programme.

 

Investigating ancient Pushkalavati: Excavations at Balar Hisar, Charsadda, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan.

 

Understanding power relations and social practice: Community development in the Calchaqui Valley, Argentina. Investigating changing power relations and the nature of leadership at Borgatta during the period before the Inka conquest (AD 1000-1450)


 

Leverhulme Research Programme 2005-2009: Addressing the question of why and how humans change what they believe about the human body

 

Identifying osteological differences between riding, traction and free-living horses, resulting from their different life ways, in order to further our understanding of the origins and evolution of horse husbandry

 

Cultural Heritage and the Reconstruction of Identities after Conflict

 

Excavation in the cemetery area of the ancient Latin town of Crustumerium, Rome

 

Investigating long-term and present-day interactions between people and rainforest in the Kelabit Highlands of central Borneo

 

Researching how and where broomcorn millet was first domesticated and why it appears on opposite sides of Asia at a similar time, 8,000 years ago

 

Investigating the socio-cultural and environmental impacts of colonialism

 

Ancient Settlements of the Gangetic Plain: Location and Territoriality

 

Investigating unsolved problems of the fourth and third millennium BC in Malta

 

The purpose of the IARC was to monitor and report upon the damage caused to cultural heritage by the international trade in illicit antiquities (i.e. antiquities which have been stolen or clandestinely excavated and/or illegally exported).

 

Excavations at Keros in the Cyclades

 

A rescue excavation in the Goksu Valley, Turkey

 

Leverhulme-funded research into the linguistics and archaeology of the dispersal of the early Indo-European languages

 

Investigating the Iron Age landscape of the island of Lismore

 

Understanding the landscape of Loughcrew through airborne LIDAR survey and digital spatial analysis

 

Analysis of the faience from excavations of the kiln at Kom Helul, Memphis

 

Excavation at the magnificently-decorated Minaret of Jam, Afghanistan

 

Bioarchaeological analysis of early cold-climate human ecology

 

The Northeast Algonquin Palaeo-Lake and Environmental Assessment (NAPLEA)

 

Excavations and survey work at the ancient town of Nepi carried out during the early 1990s under the umbrella of the Tiber valley project of the British School at Rome.

 

  • Niah Caves, Sarawak

Initial colonisation and exploitation of rainforests in south-east Asia

 

An international archaeological project working at North Karnak, Egypt

 

Visual Perception and Cognition in the Rock Carvings of Northern Russia

 

The origins of weaving project aims to contribute to the understanding of weaving by focusing on the identification of plants used in making the earliest textiles (about 28,000 to 20,000 years ago)

 

Explorations into the conditions of spiritual creativity in Prehistoric Malta

 

 Changing Paleoenvironments and Hunter-Gatherer Strategies in the Northern Adriatic Basin

 

Quoygrew is a late Viking Age and medieval rural settlement on the island of Westray in Orkney, Scotland. It was partially excavated between 1999 and 2005, after an initial archaeological assessment in 1997

 

A study of the Roman pottery of the Nepi Survey Project in 2007.

 

Investigating indications of the early occurrence and development of aspects of religious practices and belief

 

A series of inter-related projects are enhancing knowledge of the South (east) Etruria area north of Rome

 

Exploring routes and plains in southwest Iran

 

Star Carr and the early postglacial occupation of the Vale of Pickering, North Yorkshire

 

Developing a model for understanding long-term continuity and variation in prehistoric ritual practices

 

Mapping the lower and middle Tiber catchment: The aim of the project is to employ aerial photography, multi spectral data and LiDAR to investigate: Archaeological site recovery, erosion, water management (artificial channels (cuniculi)), land use, DEM precision, and demographic reconstruction

 

Excavation at Hang Boi, the Fortune-Teller's Cave, Vietnam

 

This project regards the application and development of novel techniques of landscape archaeology in central Tyhrrenian, Italy

 

Investigating and documenting the remains of the lower town at Ziyaret

Upcoming events

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group

Oct 01, 2014

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Ancient Near East Seminar Series

Oct 14, 2014

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ACA 10th Anniversary Public Lecture 'From Time Team to Archaeology for All'

Oct 22, 2014

Room 3, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, 8 Mill Lane, CB2 1RW

Medieval Archaeology Group

Oct 27, 2014

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Asian Archaeology Group Seminar

Oct 27, 2014

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Ancient Near East Seminar Series

Oct 28, 2014

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Ancient Near East Seminar Series

Nov 04, 2014

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group

Nov 05, 2014

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

A Celebration of Eighty Years for Anthony Snodgrass

Nov 07, 2014

Magdalene College, Cripps Conference Centre

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