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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

Aegean Archaeology Group

Apr 26, 2018

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Heritage Research Group

Apr 26, 2018

South Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology, Downing Site

George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Series

Apr 27, 2018

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

The Ancient India and Iran Trust

Apr 27, 2018

23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 8BG

African Archaeology Group

Apr 30, 2018

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Field Archaeology: Methods and Mayhem

Apr 30, 2018

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

CLANS Cambridge Late Antiquity Network Seminar Series

May 01, 2018

Room B16, Faculty of Law, West Road

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research