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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

African Archaeology: the last ten years

Sep 23, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

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

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research