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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.


AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER: 'Boeotia Project, Volume II: The city of Thespiai'

Edited by John Bintliff, Emeri Farinetti, Božidar Slapšak and Anthony Snodgrass, this is the much anticipated second volume to 'Testing the hinterland: the work of the Boeotia Survey (1989–1991) in the southern approaches to the city of Thespia' that was published in this series in 2007. Few major Classical cities have disappeared so completely from view, over the centuries, as Thespiai in Central Greece. Only the technique of intensive field survey, carefully adapted to a large urban site and reinforced by historical investigation, has made it possible to recover from oblivion much of its life of seven millenia

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'Reflections on Archaeology'

Mar 31, 2017

Newly published British Academy's report 'Reflections on Archaeology' emphasises need for a single authoritative voice

Nonino Prize 2017 awarded to Cyprian Broodbank

Dec 20, 2016

A further prestigious literary award for Cyprian Broodbank volume 'The Making of the Middle Sea'

Indus populations were the earliest people to use complex, year-long multi-cropping strategies

Nov 21, 2016

Thought to have arrived from China in 2000 BC, latest research shows sustainable domesticated rice agriculture in India and Pakistan existed centuries earlier, and suggests systems of seasonal crop variation that would have provided a rich and diverse diet for the Bronze Age residents of the Indus valley.

Roger Bland today announced as a British Academy’s President’s Medal winner

Sep 27, 2016

Senior Fellow of the McDonald Institute, Bland receives recognition for his contribution to the protection, and academic and public understanding, of Britain’s cultural heritage

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Showcasing research highlights and outreach for the academic year 2015-2016

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Upcoming events

McDonald Lunchtime Seminar Series

Nov 22, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Twenty-ninth Annual Lecture

Nov 22, 2017

Biffen Lecture Theatre, Dept of Genetics, Downing Site

Special Lecture_BioAnth Seminar Series

Nov 23, 2017

Seminar Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Fitzwilliam Street

Aegean Archaeology Group

Nov 23, 2017

South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site

Garrod Research Seminars

Nov 23, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Thinking About Things (TAT) Reading Group

Nov 24, 2017

Material Culture Laboratory, Room WB2.2, Downing Site

George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Series

Nov 24, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Cambridge - Paris Seminar - Inside Prehistoric Societies: Dialogue on the epistemologies of Prehistory

Nov 24, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research