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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

Field Archaeology: Methods and Mayhem Group

Sep 25, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

The Impact of the Ancient City

Sep 29, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Garrod Research Seminar

Oct 12, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

The Ancient India and Iran Trust

Oct 13, 2017

Lee Seng Tee Hall, Wolfson College, Cambridge CB3 9BB and the Riley Auditorium, Clare College Memorial Court

The Ancient India and Iran Trust

Oct 20, 2017

23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 8BG

The Ancient India and Iran Trust

Oct 23, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Garrod Research Seminar

Oct 26, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

The Ancient India and Iran Trust

Nov 03, 2017

23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 8BG

Garrod Research Seminar

Nov 09, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

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An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research