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The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research serves as an interdisciplinary hub aiming to provide a shared intellectual home for archaeologists at Cambridge with a programme of seminars, workshops, conferences, publications and research grants as well as laboratory space for a wide range of archaeological research which crosses continents, periods and approaches in its exploration of the diversity of the human past. It produces the Cambridge Archaeological Journal and publishes peer-reviewed books of the highest quality across a range of subjects in the form of fieldwork monographs (McDonald Monographs) and thematic edited volumes (McDonald Conversations).


NOW AVAILABLE: Riversides: Neolithic Barrows, a Beaker Grave, Iron Age and Anglo Saxon Burials and Settlement at Trumpington, Cambridge

Not only does this volume provide a summary of the development of the now widely investigated greater Trumpington/ Addenbrooke’s landscape – including its major Middle Bronze Age settlements and an important Late Iron Age complex – but overviews recent fieldwork results from South Cambridgeshire. Including historiographical-themed Inset sections, (plus an account of the War Ditches’ Anglo-Saxon cemetery and Grantchester’s settlement of that period), there are detailed scientific analyses (e.g. DNA, isotopic and wear studies of its utilized human bone) and more than 30 radiocarbon dates were achieved. The concluding chapter critically addresses issues of local continuity and de facto notions of ‘settlement evolution’.

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Showcasing research highlights and outreach for the academic year 2016-2017

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Upcoming events

Professional Development Series

Nov 14, 2018

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Biological Anthropology Seminar

Nov 14, 2018

Seminar Room, LCHES, Fitzwilliam Street, Cambridge CB2 1QH

Egyptian World Seminar Series

Nov 14, 2018

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Human-Animal Relations Reading Group

Nov 15, 2018

North Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology, North Building, Downing Street

Garrod Research Seminars

Nov 15, 2018

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Seminars

Nov 16, 2018

South Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology, North Building, Downing Street

Cabinet of Natural History

Nov 19, 2018

Seminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RE

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research