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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

PalMeso Seminar Series

Feb 23, 2018

McDonald Institute, Downing Street

The Ancient India and Iran Trust

Feb 23, 2018

23 Brooklands Avenue, CB2 8BG

Americas Discussion Group

Feb 27, 2018

Hicks Room, University Centre

Egyptian World Seminar Series

Feb 28, 2018

Harrods Room, Queen’s building, Emmanuel College

Aegean Archaeology Group

Apr 26, 2018

South Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology, Downing Street

African Archaeology Group

Apr 30, 2018

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Special Lecture

May 08, 2018

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Garrod Research Seminar

May 10, 2018

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research