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About the McDonald Institute

The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research exists to further research by Cambridge archaeologists and their collaborators into all aspects of the human past, across time and space.

The Institute supports archaeological fieldwork, archaeological science, material culture studies, and archaeological theory in an interdisciplinary framework. Since its inception, the Institute has played a particularly leading role in cognitive archaeology, broadly defined. It sponsors seminar series, workshops and international conferences. It produces the Cambridge Archaeological Journal and publishes the McDonald Institute Monographs.

The Institute provides an intellectual base for archaeologists at the University of Cambridge:

  • as a postdoctoral research institute within the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology. In this role the Institute independently supports archaeological fieldwork, other archaeological research, research fellows, visiting scholars, conferences and publications.
  • as an interdisciplinary centre for archaeology in Collegiate Cambridge, serving staff in a variety of divisions, faculties, museums and colleges.
  • as the ‘research school’ of the Division of Archaeology, facilitating the work of Division staff, postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students.

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

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Upcoming events

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

PalMeso Seminar Series

Nov 24, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Americas Archaeology Group

Nov 24, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research